Former Vice President Joe Biden quickly responded to Sen. Kamala Harris' callout regarding his comments on working with segregationist senators, saying he's been mischaracterized.
"It's a mischaracterization of my position across the board. I do not praise racists. That is not true," Biden said.
He went on to say that he's worked as a public defender "when, in fact, my city was in flame because of the assassination of Dr. King," and with President Obama, "who in fact we worked very hard to see to it we dealt with the issues in a major, major way."
Biden continued: "The bottom line here is, look. Everything I have done in my career, I ran because of civil rights and continue to think we have to make fundamental changes and those civil rights, by the way, include not just African-Americans, but the LGBT community."
Harris pressed Biden on where he stood on key issues when he was US senator, specifically if he opposed bussing at the time.
"I did not oppose bussing in America. What I opposed is bussing ordered by the Department of Education." Biden told Harris.