Biden: ‘I may be a white boy, but I can jump’

Vice President Joe Biden joked about his basketball skills in remarks at a Black History Month reception. (NowThis News)

Joe Biden is being Joe Biden again.

The vice president on Tuesday took some time out from a Black History Month event to talk up his basketball skills.

At one point, he commented that he wanted to team up with former NBA star and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to take on President Obama.

"I told the president, next game, I've got him," Biden said. "I may be a white boy, but I can jump."

Biden had some more serious comments when it comes to Voter ID bills passed in Southern states including Alabama, Texas and North Carolina, saying such bills prove that racial hatred still exists. Opponents say such bills are aimed to discouraging black voters from showing up to the polls.

"These guys never go away. Hatred never, never goes away," Biden said. "The zealotry of those who wish to limit the franchise cannot be smothered by reason."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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