U.S. VP’s own party questions her fitness to serve – Reuters
Kamala Harris doesn’t have ‘the strength, charisma and skill’ to win a presidential race, senior Democratic officials tell The Washington Post
More than a dozen senior Democratic officials doubt US Vice President Kamala Harris can win a presidential election.
“People are ready to pounce on anything – any misstep, any blunder, anything she says – so she probably doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt,” former Cobb County Democratic Party chairwoman Jacquelyn Bettadapur told The Washington Post for her article published Monday. Neither does the vice president. “Communication Adept” she added.
Many Democrats who spoke to the Post — most on condition of anonymity — insisted they personally loved the vice president, but feared her. “disappointing” performance since joining President Joe Biden’s administration would prevent her from closing the enthusiasm gap among voters if Biden chooses not to run for re-election.
Beyond concerns that Harris doesn’t have the “strength, charisma and competence to mount a winning presidential campaign”, some Democrats worried that the bona fide diversity that had helped secure his position as Biden’s running mate could hurt him in a general election, calling Hillary Clinton’s campaign failures evidence that voters weren’t ready for a female president – not to mention a black female president.
While Biden has strongly hinted that he will run again in 2024, he is already the oldest president to ever serve and would be 86 at the end of his second term, raising questions about his form even among party faithful. left. Prominent Democrats like New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin have refused to endorse it, while a poll last month suggested that 58% of voters do not want he shows up again.
Harris would face a tough climb to gain popular support, however. The former California senator failed to win a single state in the 2020 Democratic primaries, dropping out before voting began after poor performances in debates and trouble retaining staff that bagged her campaign from sand. His approval rating hovers at a dismal 38.4%, below Biden’s at 42.4%.
Even the White House recently struggled to name one of Harris’ accomplishments since taking office. Asked last month about the vice president’s progress in resolving the migrant crisis, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre appeared to blank out, suggesting the reporter contact Harris’ office directly. Harris, infamously, did not visit the Mexican border for three months after being tasked with dealing with the situation, even as a record number of illegal immigrants entered the United States.
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