The White House hopes to prop up Vice President Kamala Harris and her image as the 2024 election looms.
Harris has found herself the butt of many jokes and compared with former Vice President Dan Quayle when it has come to her public persona.
Harris’ most recent approval rating according to Five Thirty Eight stood at 37.8%.
Involving Harris in debt negotiations with congressional Republicans was intentional. It aimed to present her as a leader and set aside doubts about her ability to succeed President Joe Biden in an emergency, The Washington Post reported.
Democrats worry that Harris’ unbridled tongue and frequent aloof appearance at events could be a net negative. Biden ally and close White House aide Anita Dunn has sought to increase Harris’ profile, especially in issues such as abortion rights and infrastructure spending.
The Washington Post notes that Harris appeared at least a dozen times in Biden’s announcement that he plans to seek a second term as president.
Biden has shifted from calling her a “work in progress” earlier in his administration to saying in a television interview that she is “really very, very good.”
Haley Leads the Charge on Republican Criticism of Kamala Harris
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, who has also been mentioned as a contender for the GOP nomination for Harris’ job, quipped that a vote for Biden was a vote for a “President Harris.” Clyburn’s criticisms are interesting considering that Haley is Indian and a female just like Harris.
“I think that we can all be very clear and say with a matter of fact that if you vote for Joe Biden you really are counting on a President Harris, because the idea that he would make it until 86 years old is not something that I think is likely,” Haley told Fox News in April.
Biden-Harris Campaign Attacks Republicans Over Harris Criticism
“Republicans are resorting to the same tired, failed, and false attacks on Vice President Harris that they’ve used over and over again because they can’t argue on the merits of their unpopular, extreme MAGA agenda,” Biden-Harris campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz told The Washington Post.
Other Democrats have defended Harris’ often hapless communication style.
“People are poised to pounce on anything — any misstep, any gaffe, anything she says — and so she’s probably not getting the benefit of the doubt,” former Cobb County Democrats Chair Jacquelyn Bettadapur, a Harris supporter, told the Washington Post in January.
She added, “..[I]t doesn’t help that she’s not [that] adept as a communicator.”
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John Rossomando was a senior analyst for Defense Policy and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.