Kamala Harris at Center of 2024 Campaign – Democrats want Kamala Harris at the center of the 2024 campaign due to Joe Biden’s age and the right’s effort to turn her into a polarizing figure.
Her tough attacks on Florida’s black history curriculum, which she terms as pro-slavery, exemplify how Democrats want to use her instead of allowing her to be a punchline.
Her 38.8% approval rating is lower than Biden’s. She has not been above water since October 2021.
“Her opponent isn’t Joe Biden. It’s Donald Trump and all these right-wingers that they’re potentially running against. And it’s a lot easier to be aggressive coming out and attacking those folks and their policies than going after the front-runner in Democratic primary elections,” Democratic consultant Bud Jackson told San Francisco Chronicle columnist Shira Stein.
Harris Becoming the Democrats’ Standard-Bearer
Emily’s List President Laphonza Butler claimed that the public hears Kamala Harris differently than in 2020 when she worked on her campaign.
She predicts that the overturning of Roe v. Wade will create an excellent opportunity for her to make a difference in abortion rights because “for the first time for people in this country really does impact how people hear what she’s saying in this moment.”
Democrats see promise in polling that says 77% of Americans consider abortion rights an important issue.
She has been all over campaigning and doing the heavy lifting for Biden. In the past two or three months, Harris has done campaign events in 16 states and gone to 13 fundraisers.
Talking to Hispanic voters in Chicago, Harris stressed how the Biden administration has helped those in need.
“Before the president and I took office, our seniors had to make the impossible decision between either putting food on the table or filling their prescription,” Harris said in Chicago. “So, President Biden and I capped the cost of insulin at $35 a month for our seniors.”
Republicans Cast Kamala Harris as a Lightweight
Harris has an opportunity to shine and to emerge from the perception she is a lightweight who would be a disaster as president. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich advised against impeaching Joe Biden because of her. Gingrich told Fox News last year that she was the dumbest person ever elected to the vice presidency.
“The only short-term consequence of a successful impeachment is [Vice President] Kamala Harris [becoming president], and Kamala would be such a total disaster for the country that Biden’s corruption is probably preferable to her incompetence,” Gingrich told The Washington Post last month.
Harris’s defenders contend that the vice presidency is not an office that gives its incumbent an opportunity to distinguish themselves because it lacks a constitutional role; however, on the other hand, she has not shown the same sort of leadership that strong vice presidents like Dick Cheney or Walter Mondale did.
Republicans have also latched onto her inability to string together a sentence in an effort to paint her as uninformed or just not with it. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie noted in April, “A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for Kamala Harris. … By the tables, it’s more likely than not that Joe Biden won’t make it. So, if you’re OK with Kamala Harris, that’s fine. That’s your call. It’s your choice.”
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst 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.
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