Joe Biden: All-white Democrat debate stage not reflective of party

by Editorial Team

The Democratic Party isn’t as white as it seems on the debate stage — but there’s not much the candidates can do about it, Joe Biden says.

The six Democratic candidates in this month’s presidential primary debate are all white, but it doesn’t reflect the party, former Vice President Joe Biden said.

“It’s not representative of the party,” Biden told reporters Friday. “But you can’t dictate who is going to be the nominee, who’s going to be able to garner votes, who’s going to be able to stay in the race.”

Biden will share the stage Dec. 19 with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and billionaire Tom Steyer.

Citing her campaign’s lack of funds, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) dropped out of the race this week. She had been slated for the debate.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who’s Samoan-American, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, need one more qualifying poll to reach the Democratic National Committee’s threshold for the debate.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Massachusetts) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro haven’t qualified for the stage.


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