Any time vice president Kamala Harris speaks in public, wacky and absurd word salads come out which was certainly the case on a Monday during an one-on-one conversation she had with CNN anchor Dana Bash, as we previously covered.
However, Harris frequently fell short when she was asked questions regarding what she thought about the Supreme Court ruling to strike down Roe v. Wade and what the administration was planning to do to “help” women in the aftermath, one thing she initially was unambiguous on was in answer to a question from Bash on whether she'd be the presidential candidate if President Biden had decided to not contest reelection until 2024.
Harris didn't shy away from speaking her mind when asked about 2024 because some critics have been questioning whether the 79-year-old president will run for reelection. Bash inquired about remarks made by House Minority Whip Jim Clyburn, a Biden ally from South Carolina, that if the President didn't run, Clyburn would support Harris as the primary candidate.
“Joe Biden is running for reelection, and I will be his ticket mate,” Harris declared. “Full stop.”
Two days after the fact, Harris has released an interesting clarification to her initial remarks, according to The Los Angeles Times, which stated that she reached out to reporters on Air Force Two specifically to amend what she'd said to Bash earlier in the week:
“The president plans to run for office and If he does, I am his ticket's co-host. We'll be running as a team,” Harris told a Times reporter on Wednesday when she was preparing to leave for California on Air Force Two.
Advisors had advised the journalist that Harris was planning to go to the rear of the plane in order to clarify her statements to CNN on Monday.
The L.A. Times also reported that one “in-the-know” Democrat stressed to the reporters the fact that “Harris' follow-up statement was intended to avoid using ‘trigger words' that would set off requirements for Biden to establish a formal campaign with the Federal Election Commission and begin fundraising.”
What happened is that Harris did not ski in response to the question, one that Harris ought to have been prepared to respond to given the constant speculation on the possibility that Biden will return to the race and, if he doesn't, if she'll put her hat in the arena (or should other famous celebrities do so should Biden quit).
However, in trying to stifle the theory, Harris only ended up making it worse by making statements that were definitive and left no space for other interpretations. Now, the question is, why did she make a change to her position?
According to the old saying, “inquiring minds want to know” and that's all.
When it comes to some of the most elementary of questions and one that is frequently asked, she is unable to answer it correctly. She is very bad at her job and will cause more debate between Democrats on whether she's a viable candidate to succeed Biden in 2024 if Biden is unable to continue his career.
Two times failed Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is already publicly making contact with people about the possibility of a run in 2024, based on what Biden decides to do. We can expect more of the same if the speculations get louder in the coming days. Harris' ratings will stay at a low level.