The ongoing debate over filibuster reform took center stage in political news this week. TARA and EUGENE look back at Biden’s response over eliminating the filibuster during his first official press conference on Thursday. They also discuss why the filibuster is the only way Democrats can pass legislation on gun control and voting rights.
Watch all the individual clips that Eugene and Tara get into in this week’s edition of Playback:
1. Biden thinks the filibuster is a relic of the Jim Crow era
During his first official exchange with reporters, Biden gave vague answers on lowering the number of votes to 51 to pass legislation through the Senate. But when asked if he agreed with President Barack Obama’s assessment that rule was a relic of the Jim Crow era, he agreed.
2. McConnell disagrees
During a press conference on Wednesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell was asked why voters should trust Republicans not to filibuster voting rights legislation, despite the GOP’s history on doing so in the past — he claims the it has no ties to racism whatsoever.
3. Cruz dramatically talks about political theater
One day after the mass shooting in Boulder, Colo., the Texas senator accused his Democratic colleagues of political theater when discussing expanded background checks, and critics think he got just as theatrical in the process.