Ready to fight: Biden leans into racial debate with Dems

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Joe Biden is embracing an aggressive plan to confront his presidential rivals who have tried to undermine his popularity with black voters.

After ignoring his Democratic competition for much of the year, Biden and his team shrugged off the risks Thursday and leaned into a deliberate campaign to push back against New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Sen. Kamala Harris, the two high-profile black candidates in the 2020 race.

Biden's team highlighted Booker and Harris' past praise of Biden while raising questions about their own records related to race. And Biden's allies made clear that the former vice president was prepared for a fight in next week's debate. They also point to surveys showing Biden with durable support among black voters that far exceeds that of Booker or Harris.