Joe Biden in 1987: ‘We (Delawareans) Were on the South’s Side in the Civil War’

Rolling Stone | 9/20/1987 | Staff
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Since entering the presidential race, former Vice President Joe Biden has faced repeated questions about past statements he’s made criticizing school busing, fondly remembering racist white senators, and helping pass draconian laws in the ill-conceived drug war.

On Thursday, another decades-old quote of Biden’s surfaced courtesy of the Trump campaign’s opposition research team. A September 20, 1987, story in the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Biden had bragged about receiving an award from George Wallace, the former Alabama governor and one of America’s most notorious segregationists.

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The same story went to quote a presidential primary campaign speech Biden had given in Alabama in which he said “we (Delawareans) were on the South’s side in the Civil War.”

Biden went on to distance himself from Wallace. On Twitter, Biden spokesman Bill Russo shared a 1976 news story quoting Biden saying he would not support Wallace’s presidential bid and would back the Republican candidate if Wallace somehow won the Democratic nomination.

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A Biden spokesman tells Rolling Stone in a statement: “As a young Senator, Joe Biden declared that if George Wallace — an unhinged, racist maniac — became the presidential nominee of his party, he would support Gerald Ford. If more GOP leaders had a scintilla of that same courage in 2016, they wouldn’t be debasing themselves this very minute by defending another unhinged, racist maniac.”

Biden’s campaign declined to comment on the candidate saying Delaware sided with the pro-slavery Confederacy during the Civil War.

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Biden’s touting the award from Wallace and his quote about Delaware and the Civil War were previously reported by conservative news outlets and opposition research websites. They resurfaced Thursday when the @TrumpWarRoom account, managed by the president’s reelection campaign, highlighted Biden’s “South’s side” quote and the supposed award from Wallace after Biden slammed Trump. Biden said that the chants of “Send her back!”...
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