“What I want to do is I’m trying to bring the country together, and I don’t want the debate to be just about whether we have filibuster or exceptions or going back to the filibuster way or Not to be used before,” Biden told CNN’s Don Lemon at the CNN Town Hall in Cincinnati.
The president said: “There’s no reason to defend it, other than that you’re going to throw the entire Congress into chaos and nothing will happen. Nothing will be done. And a lot is at stake. The most important one is the vote Right, that’s what’s most important.”
“Never before has there been an attempt by state legislatures to take away the ability to determine who has won. Don’t count the votes, determine who wins,” he said.
The president added: “It’s Jim Crow on steroids we’re talking about.”
Biden said he wanted to “make sure that we not only bring all the Democrats together, we also bring together the Republicans I know better. They know better than that.”
Biden has faced mounting pressure from black leaders to take a firmer stance on Congress to pass federal legislation to protect voters.
“I’ve been saying for a long time that Filbuster abuse is too heavy,” Biden said Wednesday night. He said that when he first joined the Senate there were fewer filibusters because it was a talking filibuster, which would have required a senator who wanted to block legislation to hold the floor without a break.