By USA Today. Sen. Kamala Harris on Thursday clarified her position on federally mandated school busing, saying it’s only necessary in cases where local governments are actively opposing integration.
Harris said that in the 1960s and ’70s, institutions “were literally working against integration of our schools.” That’s why she supported busing then, she said, but now thinks it should just be a “tool” available to local governments and school districts to address segregation.
“Today it is very rare that we require the courts or the federal government to intervene,” Harris told reporters Thursday before a campaign event in Indianola, Iowa.
Her stance on busing came under scrutiny after last week’s debate, when she went after former Vice President Joe Biden for his stance on busing while he was a senator. Biden said he was in favor of voluntary busing but opposed federally mandated busing. During the 1970s and ’80s, however, Biden actively worked against busing efforts and was an outspoken critic of the tactic.
But Harris muddied the waters Wednesday when she told reporters she too did not support federally mandated busing and supported it only as an option for local governments. (Read more from “Kamala Harris Reverses Busing Position, After She Attacked Biden for the Same Stance” HERE)
Biden Laughs at Kamala Harris Shift on Busing: ‘Our Positions Aren’t Any Different’
By Fox News. Former Vice President Joe Biden had a good laugh during an interview aired Friday in response to California Sen. Kamala Harris’s shift on busing following their tense exchange at last week’s Democratic debate.
In what became her most memorable debate moment, Harris challenged Biden’s opposition to federally mandated busing when he was in the Senate, telling him she benefited from the program to integrate schools. The face-off produced Harris’ “That little girl was me” remark that drew widespread media attention. . .
Joe Biden defends his record on desegregation busing: “It’s so easy to go back 30, 40, 50 years and take a context and take it completely out of context” https://t.co/NmBEgaKIVY pic.twitter.com/Bk9O3jeQGW
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“It’s so easy to go back 30, 40, 50 years and take a context and take it completely out of context,” Biden told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. “I get all this information about other people’s past and what they’ve done and, you know, I’m just not gonna go there… we should be debating what we do from here.”
He continued, “For example, this whole thing about race and busing. Well, I think if you take a look, our positions aren’t any different as we’re finding out.”
“With Sen. Harris who says she sees it as a tool, not a must or all circumstance,” Cuomo said. (Read more from “Biden Laughs at Kamala Harris Shift on Busing: ‘Our Positions Aren’t Any Different'” HERE)