Joe Biden and His Notes on Kamala Harris: 'Do Not Hold Grudges'

July 29, 2020, 04.10 PM
AFP /GETTY IMAGES/FREDERICK J. BROWN

The debate-stage skirmish was one of the seminal moments of the Democratic primary.

Kamala Harris, who is Black, said Biden made “very hurtful” comments about his past work with segregationist senators before she slammed his opposition to busing as schools began to integrate.

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“There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.”

At the time, Biden called her comments “a mischaracterization of my position.”

Their relationship has become considerably more amicable.

Biden has praised Harris publicly many times and noted that he’s thought highly of her personally and professionally since she became close to his late son, Beau Biden, when both were state attorneys general.

It is common for high-profile politicians to take notes with them to the podium, either handwritten additions to formal remarks or a bullet-point list.

The latter is like what Biden held on stationery featuring his full name: Joseph R. Biden Jr.

In March, early in the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump's notes were photographed to show “Chinese” written over “corona,” part of the president's efforts to blame the pandemic on a foreign adversary.

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