What exactly is Biden’s ‘Black voters’ controversy?

What exactly is Biden's 'Black voters' controversy
He later expressed regret for the ''cavalier'' comment about black voters. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The White House candidate for the Democratic Party, Joe Biden is in damage limitation mode after saying black voters “ain’t black” if they even consider voting for President Donald Trump over him.

Mr Biden made the comment in an interview with a prominent black radio host, Charlamagne Tha God, on Friday. He was speaking about his outreach to black voters.

He later expressed regret for the ”cavalier” comment. The black voters has been key to the Biden candidacy.

Mr Biden is incredibly popular among black voters. America knows he was the vice-president to the first black president in history. Former President Obama endorsed him last month.

What exactly Biden said?

In the 18-minutes-long interview, the former Vice President stressed his longstanding ties to the black community, pointing his overwhelming win this year in South Carolina’s presidential primary, a state where the Democratic electorate is more than 60% African American.

He said: “I won every single county. I won the largest share of the black vote than anybody had, including Barack.”

The former president Barack Obama is the country’s first African-American president, who picked Mr Biden as his running mate.

He also “guaranteed” that several black women were being considered to serve as his vice-president. He has already committed to selecting a woman to join him on the Democratic ticket.

When an aide for Mr Biden tried to end the interview, Charlamagne protested, saying: “You can’t do that to black media.”

Mr Biden often references his record as Barack Obama’s running mate.Source: Getty Images

Biden replied: “I do that to white media and black media,” adding that his wife was waiting to use their home broadcast studio.

The interviewer then urged Mr Biden to return another interview, saying he had more questions to ask him.

Mr Biden responded: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

Charlamagne’s nationally syndicated Breakfast Club show reaches more than 8 million listeners each month.

How is the Biden campaign is trying to contain the damage?

Symone Sanders, Biden campaign adviser, defended the comments on Friday, saying they were made “in jest”.

“Let’s be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump’s any day. Period.”

Mr Biden scrambled to make amends on a call later to black business leaders, saying “I should not have been so cavalier. I’ve never, never, ever taken the African American community for granted.”

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