Democrats attack each other’s records on the stage

Democratic presidential hopefuls (from L) former Vice President Joe Biden, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Billionaire activist Tom Steyer participate in the tenth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 25, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

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Democratic presidential hopefuls (from L) former Vice President Joe Biden, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Billionaire activist Tom Steyer participate in the tenth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 25, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

 

Joe Biden and Tom Steyer attacked each other’s records on race in a tense exchange as the two men vie for the support of African American voters in South Carolina ahead of Saturday’s primary.

Biden lambasted the billionaire businessman for investing in private prisons.

“They hogtied young men in prison here in this state. They in fact made sure that in Georgia they did not have health care for the people that were being held,” he said.
“You wrote the crime bill,” Steyer shot back, referencing the 1994 legislation signed into law by former President Bill Clinton and noting that it had imposed stiff mandatory minimum sentences that had left hundreds of thousands of black and brown people in jail.

“Tommy come lately,” Biden quipped as Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar interjected and ended the exchange.

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Democratic presidential hopefuls (from L) former Vice President Joe Biden, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Billionaire activist Tom Steyer participate in the tenth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 25, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

 

Meanwhile Klobuchar says if Democrats keep “tearing our party apart” Trump will get reelected while

addressing her fellow candidates on stage, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said, “If we spend the next four months tearing our party apart, we’re going to watch Donald Trump spend the next four years tearing our country apart.”

She continued by pointing out that she does not think Bernie Sanders is the right person to nominate.

“I like Bernie. We came in together to the Senate. But I do not think that this is the best person to lead the ticket.”