Biden Drops Hint on Harris’ Presidential Future

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Speculation surrounding President Joe Biden and his plans to run for reelection in 2024 or to back away from the Oval Office is rampant, as as of yet there are no clear answers.

Biden himself has declared that he will run although many do not think that will happen, and other Democrats are declaring intentions based on the ambiguity of Biden’s situation.

For instance, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has stated that he would seek the presidency if Biden declined to run again.

Biden has been making short, cryptic comments in speeches that suggest maybe he will not run and leave voters wondering about presidential and vice-presidential aspirations.

One of the possibilities under scrutiny is vice President Kamala Harris.

Kamala Harris ran for the office of president herself in 2020, before stepping out of the race and being named VP for then-candidate Joe Biden.

She was not successful as a presidential candidate.

At that time, the New York Times stated:

“Ms. Harris is the only 2020 Democrat who has fallen our of the top tier of candidates. She has proven to be an uneven campaigner who changes her message and tactics to little effect and has a staff torn into factions.”

The Times quoted the Iowa state operations director in the 2020 campaign, Kelly Mehlenbacher as saying in regard to Harris’ campaign, “This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly.”

As the Times continued, “the 2020 Democratic field has been defined by its turbulence, with some contenders dropping out and two more jumping in just this month. Yet there is only one candidate who rocketed to the top tier and then plummeted in early state polls to the low singe digits: Ms. Harris.”

Harris was showing only 5 percent of the favor of Democrats according to polls at that time.

In fact, many were surprised that she was chosen as Joe Biden’s running mate.

Since becoming vice-president, Harris has faced repeated staff turnover issues as she faced staff problems in her campaign.

She has been criticized for smiling and laughing loudly when it is not appropriate, made several gaffes. Harris has rarely been lauded in her office.

She has faced significant Republican criticism for not visiting the southern border, as she was appointed to oversee the situation by Biden and the situation has gotten consistently worse during her tenure, as she seems to ignore the problem and has done nothing to rectify it.

Most recently, the vice president earned rebuke for erroneously claiming the United States was allied to North Korea during a speech at the Demilitarized zone separating the communist regime from the democratic government on the peninsula.

On high profile trip to the heavily-fortified area that separates the Korean Peninsula, Harris made a huge diplomatic blunder in her speech.

“The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea,” Ms. Harris said, mixing up South and North Korea’s names.

As expected, the vice-president earned rebuke for her statement.

On September 30 the Bidens held a reception to honor Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice-President Kamala Harris, was not only present at the event, but spoke as well. Emhoff himself is Jewish.

Emhoff spoke about the Jewish holy day, his memories of celebrations past, the Jewish history of persecution and of freedom of religion in America, and his and Harris’ history celebrating with the Bidens.

He applauded Biden for standing up for marginalized religious communities, saying “[o]n this issue, we have a president and vice president who know that all Americans must be able to worship without fear or violence,” per the Washington Times.

He also introduced the next speaker, President Joe Biden.

The Washington Times suggested that Biden used the Jewish New Year event at the White House to “bolster Vice President Kamala Harris’ credentials” amid the media criticism wrote Just The News.

In the President’s speech, he recognized the significance of the holiday, recognized Rabbis present at the event, and reflected on a trip of his won to Israel. He called out anti-Semitism in culture and politics and made an interesting comment, “You know, the Jewish people know better than any what my father, who was not Jewish but would constantly use the phrase, ‘silence is complicity.’ “Silence is complicity.”

But most notably, President Biden hinted that Vice President Kamala Harris might some day become the nation’s leader.

In the opening of his speech, Biden, stated in thanking Emhoff for his introduction, “Doug, thank you for the introduction. And Doug is right. You’re the first [Emhoff being the first male “second spouse” and the first Jewish “second spouse”] but – Kamala often says – you won’t be the last.”

And the president followed that up with, “Kamala won’t be the last woman to be Vice President — or President,” he said in the White House East Room, according to the Washington Times.

There was applause at that comment.


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