07.31.2019

‘Joe Biden needs to atone’: Ex-veep braces for debate pile-on

‘Joe Biden needs to atone’: Ex-veep braces for debate pile-on Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Joe Biden spent much of his career carving out an image as a tough-on-crime Democrat. But few who watch the second presidential debate are likely to get that impression from him.

The rapid evolution of the politics of racial justice has made what used to be a signature strength into a potential liability, forcing him to scuttle his positions and rhetoric from decades ago — or risk getting trampled by opponents questioning his civil rights record. The biggest test comes Wednesday night, when he’ll be flanked onstage by two of his sharpest critics on race, Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.

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