Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden is finding new ways to make Democrat voters anxious to topple Trump in the 2020 election uncomfortable. Barely a month since the former vice president was taken to the woodshed by fellow candidate Sen. Kamala Harris over Biden’s effort to halt busing while a Senator in the 1970s, Biden yesterday said “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
The comments were made to attendees of an event hosted by a group called the Asian & Latino Coalition PAC.
“We should challenge students in these schools and have advanced placement programs in these schools. We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
Biden, evidently aware he had once again let something unneeded slip out of his mouth, then added, “Wealthy kids, Black kids, Asian kids…”.
Joe Biden first ran for president in 1988, and then ran again in 2008, both times unsuccessfully, before being chosen as Barack Obama’s running mate. Over the course of many years in politics, the former Veep has burnished a reputation as someone who can be relied on to say something controversial without being prompted, and at the worst time.
The ‘poor kids’ comments aren’t that bad compared to other stuff Biden has said, like when he called President Obama “clean”. But its a distraction that Democrats don’t want, and one that Republicans are happy to exploit.
But Democrats view Biden as the best beat to beat Trump, and Republicans agree: Poll after poll has shown Biden beating Trump in head to head match-ups while prospective races featuring other Democrats pitted against Trump show tighter margins.
But, at 76, with 77 coming in November, Biden is no spring chicken. And he often says things that many expect a nearly 80 year old White man to say, especially when it comes to race matters, unfortunately.
And that is what has a lot of Democrats worried.