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Durbin says Biden may have gone ‘a little too far’ in Georgia speech

Durbin says Biden may have gone ‘a little too far’ in Georgia speech

Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinDurbin says Biden may have gone ‘a little too far’ in Georgia speech On the Money — Democrats grow less confident in Manchin Democrats face moment of truth in filibuster fight   MORE (Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said Wednesday that President Bidenbidenjoe 081315getty 0 | Durbin says Biden may have gone 'a little too far' in Georgia speech | The Paradise NewsJoe BidenBiden’s nominee for Fed’s No. 2 post says combating inflation top task Harris says she won’t ‘absolve’ senators over voting rights push Obama backs Biden push on changing filibuster MORE may have gone “a little too far” with his rhetoric during a speech in Georgia the previous day advocating voting rights legislation.

During his speech, Biden called for the Senate to pass several pieces of legislation, including the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewislewisjohn 110617gn lead | Durbin says Biden may have gone 'a little too far' in Georgia speech | The Paradise NewsJohn LewisObama backs Biden push on changing filibuster Durbin says Biden may have gone ‘a little too far’ in Georgia speech Schumer lays out strategy for voting rights debate  MORE Voting Rights Advancement Act, while endorsing changes to the Senate filibuster in order to advance the bills.

The president put pressure on lawmakers who have opposed making changes to the Senate rules, suggesting they had a choice to side either with advocates for voting rights or historical figures who backed segregation and the Confederacy.

“Do you want to be … on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?” Biden said in Georgia.

“It is stark, and I will concede that point,” Durbin said during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday after the host noted the comparison made by Biden.

Still, the Senate majority whip argued that “there are parallels there” in what Biden had referenced, arguing Republicans have tried to make it harder for Americans to vote and suggesting a parallel with past historical attempts to keep Black Americans from voting.

“Perhaps the president went a little too far in his rhetoric. Some of us do, but the fundamental principles and values at stake are very, very similar,” Durbin said.

“[D]on’t overlook the reality that in 20 different states governed and led by Republicans in legislature and the governorship … each and every one of them — they are taking step by weary step to make sure that Americans, fewer Americans are going to vote,” he added in the interview. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellmcconnellmitch 080117gn4 lead | Durbin says Biden may have gone 'a little too far' in Georgia speech | The Paradise NewsAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse to vote on consolidated election bill Thursday, Pelosi says Black Democrats hammer Manchin for backing filibuster on voting rights Durbin says Biden may have gone ‘a little too far’ in Georgia speech MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday blasted Biden over his speech, likening his remarks to a “rant,” which he panned as “incoherent, incorrect and beneath his office.”

Biden has stepped up pressure on Senate Democrats to pass voting rights legislation, but two key holdouts, Sens. Joe Manchinmanchin 0 | Durbin says Biden may have gone 'a little too far' in Georgia speech | The Paradise NewsJoe ManchinHarris says she won’t ‘absolve’ senators over voting rights push Obama backs Biden push on changing filibuster House to vote on consolidated election bill Thursday, Pelosi says MORE (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinemasinemakyrsten 010615gn lead | Durbin says Biden may have gone 'a little too far' in Georgia speech | The Paradise NewsKyrsten SinemaHarris says she won’t ‘absolve’ senators over voting rights push Obama backs Biden push on changing filibuster House to vote on consolidated election bill Thursday, Pelosi says MORE (Ariz.), have maintained they do not want to get rid of the chamber’s filibuster, which requires 60 votes to advance most legislation. 



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