UPDATED 10:32 AM PT — Thursday, May 16, 2019
As the Democrat primary field continues to grow, candidates are attempting to distinguish themselves from the rest of the group. Many have resorted to using any vulnerability against each other to get a step ahead.
The biggest back and forth this week was between Senator Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden. The debate centered around Biden pushing back against criticism of his support for the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
“Let me tell you about the good thing in the crime bill — it’s the one that had the assault weapons ban, a limited number of bullets in a clip, it made sure that cop-killer bullets — Teflon bullets — weren’t available any longer, it opened up the whole effort to make sure there is background checks for the first time in American history,” he explained.
Harris stepped in to challenge Biden, arguing the bill led to mass incarceration.
“That crime bill, that 1994 crime bill, it did contribute to mass incarceration in our country,” she stated. “It encouraged and was the first time that we had a federal three-strikes law, it funded the building of more prisons in the states, so I disagree, sadly.”
Its interesting to note Harris, like Biden, has run into trouble with far-left progressives over her own track record. When Harris was attorney general of California, her office fought to keep nonviolent criminals behind bars to use as a source of cheap labor during fire season. She claimed she was not aware of those efforts at the time.
Harris has continued to trail behind Biden among Democrat voters in the lead up to primaries.