CUOMO: They’re going to come at you.BIDEN: Sure, they’re going to come at me.CUOMO: Were you prepared for them to come after you?BIDEN: I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn’t prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at -- she knew Beau, she knows me. I don’t -- anyway, I --But here’s the deal: What I do know -- and it’s the good and the bad news -- the American people think they know me and they know me. Since that occurred, I had the most sought-after endorsement for the mayor of Atlanta, a black woman who is a great leader, endorse me. I’ve had numerous members of a [Congressional] Black Caucus endorse me.
CUOMO: Why didn’t you fight it like this in the debate?BIDEN: In 30 seconds?CUOMO: Hey. What happens most in the debate, Mr. Vice President? People blow their time cue. You’re the only person I’ve ever seen on debate stage say, “I’m out of time.”BIDEN: Well we’ve never had a place where you have 30 seconds, man. What I didn’t want to go was get in that scrum. Do you think the American public looks at that debate -- take me out of it -- and thought, “Oh boy, I really -- I really like the way that’s being conducted. They’re really showing themselves to do really well.” Come on, man.
CUOMO: Did you see the questions about your past positions from the perspective of race being as relevant as they are?JOE BIDEN: No, I don’t think they’re relevant. They’ve been taken out of context. What I didn’t see is people who know me -- I mean, they know me well, it’s not it’s somebody who just came out of the blue and didn’t know anything. It’s so easy to go back, and go back 30, 40, 50 years, and take it completely out of context.And I mean, I get all this information about other people’s pasts, and what they’ve done and not done. And you know, I’m just not going to go there. If we keep doing that -- I mean, we should be debating what we do from here.