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Former Vice President Joe Biden is backtracking on remarks he made on a popular black radio program on Friday that were criticized as questioning the cultural authenticity of black supporters of President Trump.

"If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black," the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said during an interview with Breakfast Club host Charlamagne Tha God.

Biden's campaign later said the remarks, called "racist" by the Trump campaign, were made "in jest."

Former Vice President Joe Biden again denied the sexual assault allegation made against him by former Senate staffer Tara Reade in an interview on MSNBC Thursday night, but added that voters who stand by Reade should not support him.

"If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn't vote for me," Biden said when asked what message he would give to female voters who accept Reade's allegation as true, but were planning on supporting him.

"I wouldn't vote for me if I believed Tara Reade," Biden added.

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) has been appointed to one of five task forces established by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and chief rival Sen. Bernie Sanders in an effort to unify the party.

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Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden took to the internet with his first "virtual" rally late Thursday, billed as being from Tampa. But this new way of campaigning in the age of coronavirus could use a bit of tweaking.

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Presidential candidate Joe Biden is picking Tampa to kick off what he's calling a virtual campaign trail.

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Editor's note: This story contains graphic descriptions of an alleged sexual assault.

More than a month after being publicly accused of sexual assault by a former Senate staffer in the 1990s, former Vice President Joe Biden says the allegations "aren't true. This never happened."

Editor's note: This story contains a graphic description of an alleged sexual assault.

Tara Reade, a former junior staffer in Joe Biden's Senate office, has accused the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee of sexually assaulting her in 1993, when she was working as a staff assistant. The Biden campaign denies the accusation and says the alleged incident "absolutely did not happen."

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established.


Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden criticized Governor Ron DeSantis’ response to the coronavirus outbreak in Florida.

In a statement Wednesday, Biden urged DeSantis to rely on “experts” to help him determine if Florida should go under a statewide stay-at-home order – something DeSantis has yet to implement.

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Concerns about the coronavirus are expected to have an effect at the ballot box during Tuesday's presidential primary.

In the second biggest Democratic primary night next to Super Tuesday, March 10 has six contests. Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington state are choosing Democratic presidential nominees.

Follow NPR's live coverage, including results and analysis.


Former Vice President Joe Biden will be campaigning in Tampa just days before the Florida primary on March 17.

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Wednesday morning, he was Michael Bloomberg's Florida campaign co-chair. By noon, former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was backing Joe Biden for president.

Buckhorn is disappointed - but not surprised - by Bloomberg dropping out of the race. But he said it's the best way to concentrate Democrats on their main goal: making Donald Trump a one-term president.

Former Vice President Joe Biden had a big night in South Carolina, showing his promised strength with black voters.

If he had lost, Biden's campaign would likely have been dead. But he far exceeded expectations, with a nearly 30-point win in the state's Democratic presidential primary.

"And we are very much alive," Biden said during his victory speech Saturday night.

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While Iowa and New Hampshire have captured most of the attention of the Democratic nominees for president, Florida is lurking in the background as one of the biggest prizes of all.

Elizabeth Warren's campaign started canvassing two weeks ago, and volunteers with Michael Bloomberg opened an Orlando field office in early February and another one in Tampa this past Saturday.

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The second set of 10 candidates made their case Wednesday as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Here is NPR's live coverage, including real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

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Federal authorities expanded their nationwide search on Thursday for the person who sent a wave of suspected explosive devices to political nemeses of President Trump.

Ten devices addressed to eight targets have been intercepted or discovered, but no one has been hurt. It isn't clear whether or not the attack is over; the FBI said it can't rule out that more suspicious packages might still be moving through the mail.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden rallied support for the Florida Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate at a campaign event in Tampa today.

Three candidates are in the running to fill the position vacated by State Rep. Alex Miller, a Sarasota Republican, who unexpectedly submitted her resignation from House District 72 last August. Gov. Rick Scott announced there will be a special election to replace Miller on Tuesday.

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Vice President Joe Biden toured Florida Monday, attending voter-registration events and campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

About 500 people braved the rain in Sarasota to attend the public rally.

Biden Will Campaign For Clinton In Orlando, Sarasota

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Vice President Joe Biden will attend a pair of voter-registration events Monday when he comes to Florida to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to details of the trip released Friday.


The second highest elected leader in the nation was in Tampa Wednesday to deliver wide-ranging remarks about American policy in Latin America.

Vice President Joe Biden addressed local business leaders and elected officials at an invitation-only event at the University of Tampa.

Vice President Joe Biden will give a speech in Tampa on his vision for U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere.

Vice President Joe Biden says he won’t run for president in 2016.

His decision finalizes the Democratic Party’s field of White House candidates and sets Biden on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career.

Biden spent months deliberating with his family and political advisers about a potential late entry to the Democratic primary.

But he also said he might not be emotionally ready to run after his 46-year-old son Beau died of brain cancer in May.

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Both vice presidential candidates are in Hillsborough County today. Current Veep Joe Biden addressed a campaign rally in Sun City Center, followed by Republican aspirant Paul Ryan. Biden fired up a crowd of mostly seniors at Sun City Center's Community Association Hall.

"Ladies and gentlemen, this election is about a lot," Biden said. "But it's also about who we are as a country. And I've got news for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan. And they are dead wrong. America is neither dependent nor in decline. Period."

Whether you're cramming for midterms or trying to get the kids to clean their room, everything's more fun when you turn it into a game.

So tonight when Joe Biden and Paul Ryan square off, let's engage in a friendly round of bingo, vice presidential style. Now you can do more than just roll your eyes when one of the candidates mentions Big Bird, P90X or putting "y'all back in chains." You can mark your space, get five in a row and yell, "Bingo!"

The debate starts at 9 p.m., and so does the fun here.

Biden Postpones Tampa Trip Over Weather Concerns

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Vice President Joe Biden has scratched his trip to Tampa, the Associated Press is reporting.

Tuesday stops in St. Augustine and Orlando are still on for now.

Biden was scheduled to visit Tampa on Monday. From the story: