UPDATED 6:46 AM PT — Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Former Vice President Joe Biden recently took responsibility for his role in fueling the nation’s war on drugs.
Biden attended a breakfast Monday, which was hosted by Reverend Al Sharpton to celebrate Martin Luther King Junior Day. While addressing the crowd in Washington, Biden accepted the blame for passing the 1980 legislation that took a hard stance on crack cocaine.
That legislation enacted federal mandatory minimum sentences for drug use and trafficking, and increased funding for U.S. prisons. He claimed he has learned from his mistakes.
“I haven’t always been right. I know we haven’t always gotten things right, but I’ve always tried. Rev. (Al Sharpton) it was your help back in 2010 that Barack (Obama) and I finally reduced the disparity and sentencing, which we had been fighting to eliminate in crack cocaine versus powder cocaine. It was a big mistake when it was made. We thought, we were told by the experts that ‘crack you never go back.’ It was somehow fundamentally different. It’s not different, but it’s trapped an entire generation.” — Joe Biden
Biden is viewed as a likely candidate and front-runner for the 2020 presidential race, but is yet to announce his decision.