There’s been growing chatter ever since the pair took over the White House about Vice President Kamala Harris being booted off the Democratic ticket in 2024 by her colleague in the Oval Office.
Now, however, President Joe Biden is doing his best to quash the rumors, saying in a press conference Wednesday that he’s satisfied with the job Harris is doing and that she’ll still be his running mate if he runs for re-election in 2024, as Breitbart reported.
“She is going to be my running mate”
President Biden held a rare and lengthy press conference Wednesday, ostensibly to mark the one-year anniversary of his administration.
During the presser, one reporter noted that Harris had been tasked by Biden earlier in his term with overseeing the passage of federal election reform legislation — legislation that is currently stalled and effectively dead in the Senate. Asked if he was “satisfied” with her work, and whether he would “guarantee” or “commit” to her being his running mate in 2024, Biden didn’t seem fazed, however.
“Yes, and yes,” Biden responded to the two-part question, according to Breitbart. When pressed on whether he wanted to expand on that, the president initially replied, “No, there’s no need to.”
However, he then added, “I mean, I asked the — he — she is going to be my running mate — number one. And number two, I did put her in charge. I think she’s doing a good job.”
Polls tell the truth
But while Biden may be satisfied with the job his vice president has done thus far, that opinion puts him decidedly in the minority.
The RealClearPolitics average of polls tells a very different story: Currently, Harris has an average favorability rating of 38.6%, but is viewed unfavorably by some 53.7% of Americans, giving her a negative net favorability of -15.1%.
It’s clear the majority of Americans are growing increasingly dissatisfied with the job Harris has done to this point.
Harris falls flat
So why is the VP struggling so much to pull up her poll numbers? Contrary to media assertions that it all boils down to identity politics, it seems clear that it’s because Harris reeks of inauthenticity — not to mention her tendency to dodge questions that she doesn’t want to answer.
Compounding it all is an air of insecurity that Harris lets slip occasionally when she takes a defensive posture during interviews, including one earlier this month in which NBC News’ Craig Melvin asked the VP directly if she would be on the 2024 White House ticket alongside Joe Biden.
Rather than simply answer “yes,” Harris deflected and insisted she remains focused solely on the current moment. “I really could care less about the high-class gossip on these issues,” she remarked, according to The Hill.