Democrats clearly want to change Vice President Kamala Harris’ public image from being aloof and present her as someone who would be a champion of the issues that Democratic voters and Democrat-leaning Independents care about.
Eighty-six percent of Democrats recently said recently they would support Harris if she became president in the event Joe Biden dies in office or is incapacitated.
White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has made raising Harris’ profile a priority. Part of that means blunting Republican attacks that cast her as an albatross around Joe Biden’s neck.
“If they think that they are voting for President Biden, a vote for President Biden is actually a vote for President Harris. We are running against Kamala Harris. Make no bones about it. The New York Times knows it. Every liberal knows it. They know it’s gonna be Kamala Harris that’s going to be president of the United States if Joe Biden wins this election,” Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley told Fox News earlier this year.
Kamala Harris Put Out in Front on Key Issues
Dunn suggested scheduling an event featuring Harris discussing her favorite issues including abortion rights and infrastructure spending.
Harris appeared on MSNBC with host Joy Reid on her show Reid Out to commemorate the overturning of Roe v. Wade on Tuesday. The vice president claimed that her goddaughter and her friends were choosing their colleges based on abortion laws.
“Do you know what’s happening? My friends – whatever gender – are starting decision about where they will go to college depending on what’s happening in that state,” Harris said. “Because of course, if you look at it, I think the number is something like 23 million women of reproductive age live in states that have banned abortion, and what that is gonna mean for those 23 million for the myriad of health care issues that are at stake as we have just been discussing.”
Harris also has been at the forefront of the Biden administration’s drive to revive the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.
“Weapons of war have no place on the streets of a civil society. Congress must pass an assault weapons ban. President Biden will sign it,” Harris tweeted a week ago Thursday.
Republicans chided her on social media saying that she did not know what she was talking about.
“This republic was founded by free people using weapons of war,” radio host and former NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch tweeted. “They literally made this society. You’ll ban nothing and Biden will sign nothing.”
Kamala Harris Keeps Putting Her Foot in Her Mouth
Often what happens when Harris opens her mouth is that something embarrassing comes out.
Her trip to Korea last September will always stand out among others.
“The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea,” Harris said following her tour of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas. “It is an alliance that is strong and enduring.”
Former President Donald Trump mocked Harris.
“Can you imagine that North Korea is over there shooting off missiles as she’s speaking … and there she is saying that North Korea is our ally and our friend, and when I heard it I said, ‘This is just sort of a ― she didn’t mean it.” Did you see the people in South Korea and what they were doing as they were standing there listening? That would be about the only time they should have sent somebody up to say, We gotta change this.’”
Harris could be a contender in the future if she learns to filter herself instead of saying the first thing that comes to her mind. Her lack of discipline opens her to ridicule and to being portrayed as uninformed.
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.