“What I want to do is try to bring the country together, and I don’t want the debate to be just about whether or not we have obstruction or exceptions to obstruction or get back to the way whose obstruction had had to be used before, ”Biden told CNN’s Don Lemon at a CNN town hall in Cincinnati.
The president said: “There is no reason to protect him, other than that you are going to plunge the whole Congress into chaos and nothing will be done. Nothing at all will be done. And there is a lot at stake. The most important is the right to vote, it is the most important. “
“Never before has there been an attempt by state legislatures to seize the capacity to determine who won. Not counting votes, determining who won,” he said.
The President said, “This is Jim Crow on steroids, what we’re talking about.”
Biden said he wanted to “make sure that we bring not only all Democrats, but also Republicans I know better. They know better than that.”
Biden faced increasing pressure from black leaders to take a tough stance on Congress in removing filibuster to pass federal legislation to protect voters.
“I’ve been saying for a long, long time that the abuse of filibuster is pretty damning,” Biden said Wednesday night. He said when he first joined the Senate there were fewer obstructions because it was speaking obstruction, forcing a senator who wishes to block legislation to speak up without taking a break.