(Breitbart) Joe Biden appeared to suggest during an interview in October 2007 that race was the primary reason schools were consistently failing in the District of Columbia.

Biden, then a U.S. senator who was waging his second presidential campaign, was asked by the Washington Post’s editorial board about his plan to reform the American education system. Biden began his response by lambasting then-President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind policy, then proceeded to advocate for raising teacher pay.

“Folks, you know, we’ve got to spend a whole hell of a lot more money on educating our children,” Biden said, according to the audio of the interview published on the Post’s website. “Giving them access to college, providing for better teachers. You want the best students in America, you need the smartest teachers in America.”

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