But this isn’t Harpootlian’s first run in with racial controversy. Back in 1986, Harpootlian was quoted as saying “I don’t want to buy the black vote. I just want to rent it for a day.” During that same time period, Joe Biden was helping pass the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, which “helped fuel big racial disparities in incarceration.”
Bottom line: It’s clear that Joe Biden’s campaign is in a free fall after failing terribly in Iowa, but Biden’s refusal to disavowal these comments made by his top campaign surrogate is truly appalling. Both Joe Biden and Dick Harpootlian owe South Carolinians an apology.