June 28, 2019 / 2:24 AM / 20 days ago

Harris confronts Biden on race during Democratic debate

Senator Bernie Sanders listens to Senator Kamala Harris speak during the second night of the first U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate in Miami, Florida, U.S., June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris confronted former Vice President Joe Biden over comments he made about working with pro-segregationists when he was in the U.S. Senate, telling him his comments were personal and hurtful.

“I do not believe you are a racist. And I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground,” Harris said in a dramatic exchange during the second Democratic debate. “But I also believe - and it’s personal and it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country.”

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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