Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE greeted his fellow presidential contender Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) at the Democratic debates on Wednesday by telling her to “go easy” on him.
“Go easy on me, kid,” Biden said jokingly as he and Harris shook hands on stage.
Harris’ national press secretary, Ian Sams, questioned Biden’s comments on Twitter, asking why the former vice president referred to the senator as “kid.”
— Ian Sams (@IanSams) August 1, 2019
The rematch comes over a month after Harris confronted Biden over his civil rights record as a senator, specifically on busing.
The episode resulted in a boost for Harris in the polls and fundraising, catapulting her into the top tier of the crowded Democratic primary.
Biden, who has been a front runner in the race since he entered in April, was put on the defensive, and said he didn’t expect Harris to go after him the way that she did.
“I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn’t prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at me,” Biden told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in an interview.
The former vice president has also been on the defensive from Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), who has hit Biden on criminal justice reform.
Booker, who has struggled to gain traction in the primary, is expected to aim for a breakout moment during the debate.
Biden will be flanked by Booker and Harris during the second debate.
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