Former Vice President Joe Biden pushed back on criticism about comments he made Tuesday night in which he touted his ability to get business done with two former senators, both hard-line segregationists, in the 1970s. "I ran for the United States Senate because I disagreed with the views of the segregationists," he said. Asked if he should apologize for his remarks, as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said, Biden asked what he would apologize for, adding: "Cory should apologize. He knows better. There's not a racist bone in my body." Later on CNN, Booker called Biden's pushback "so insulting and so missing the larger point." Reports on Thursday said Biden's campaign aides had warned him against mentioning this anecdote and called it a "point of contention."

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