Former VP Joe Biden apologizes for the “pain or misconception” caused by his comment about working with segregationist senators. This is kind of an apology.

During an event in South Carolina, Biden reiterated his position on working with “repugnant” people because he believes in getting things done, CNN reports. “I chose to work within the system to make it better,” Biden said. “Was I wrong to do that? I don’t think so,” he continued. “I do believe we have to work to do, even with those who we find repugnant.”

Biden continued:  “Now, was I wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that I was praising those men who I successfully opposed time and again? Yes, I was. I regret it. I’m sorry for any of the pain or misconception they may have caused anybody.”

“But should that misstep define 50 years of my record for fighting for civil rights and racial justice in this country? I hope not. I don’t think so,” Biden continued.

This comes after Sen. Kamala Harris hammered Biden during the second Democratic debate and his poll numbers started falling across the board, including among black voters. Biden complained during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he did not expect Sen. Harris to come at him in that manner because she knew his late son, Beau, as though personal relationships should insulate you in a contest.