Former Vice President Joe Biden apologized on Saturday in Sumter, South Carolina for his work with segregationists, following multiple recent racial controversies regarding political work.
“Was I wrong a few weeks ago?” Biden asked the Sumter audience, “Yes, I was. I regret it, and I’m sorry for any of the pain of misconception that caused anybody.”
On Sunday, the second day of his tour of South Carolina, he reiterated his apology and explained why his apology had taken so long.
He apologized for “any comments I made (that) were taken in a way that people took offense from them. Then, I am truly sorry for that. That was not my intention.” Fox News reported he continued and explained why the apology had taken so long. “Have I made mistakes? Yes. Do we grow? Yes. But, the fact of the matter is, that’s why I chose here in South Carolina and chose an audience that in fact… would be the most likely to have been offended by anything that was said,” he said Sunday.
These apologies come after Biden was hammered in the Democratic debate by Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, for his policies on busing. Harris responded, saying she was happy for his apology.