President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE on Friday hit both former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) over their debate performances on Thursday night.
“I am in Japan at the G-20, representing our Country well, but I heard it was not a good day for Sleepy Joe or Crazy Bernie,” he tweeted. “One is exhausted, the other is nuts – so what’s the big deal?”
Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday night during the second night of the first Democratic debates went after Biden’s record on civil rights, bringing up his recent comments about working with segregationist senators and accusing him of working with them in the past to oppose busing black students to schools attended by mostly white students.
Biden said that Harris “mischaracterized my position across the board.”
The president tweeted from Japan where he is meeting with world leaders at the Group of 20 summit.
Ahead of the first Democratic debate, Biden and Sanders were front-runners in major polls. They are among the more than two dozen people vying for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.
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But Biden struggled on Thursday night, getting hit by Harris, but also struggling to explain his position on gun control.
At one point, Biden said he did not think the National Rifle Association was the primary opponent on gun control saying the organization is “not the enemy” — a choice of words that could be difficult to digest for Democratic primary voters.
Biden made a larger argument that gun manufacturers were the main obstacles in the way of new gun control laws.
Sanders did not suffer any missteps, but also did not seem to have any particular moments that stand out as something to build on.
The next Democratic debate will take place July 30-31 in Detroit with a third debate scheduled for September.