Kamala Harris has just been hit with some devastating news.
While the California senator has long been considered the frontrunner among those vying to be Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s running mate, Bloomberg News reports that Biden is facing calls to find someone — anyone — else to fill the VP spot.
Kamala for VP?
Harris, for her part, was once competing against Biden for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination. But after a poor showing in the first few primary elections, Harris dropped out of the running. Now, it seems she wants back in.
But not everyone is excited about the prospect of a Biden–Harris ticket.
While Bloomberg notes that Biden has faced calls in recent weeks to choose a woman of color as his running mate (the former vice president already promised to choose a woman), Harris, who fits that bill, continues to come under fire for her record as a tough-on-crime prosecutor and for her performance at a primary debate where she lambasted Biden for his own record on race.
Harris is also taking flak from some who feel she is “too ambitious” to be Biden’s VP, as Bloomberg reported separately.
“She would be running for president the day of the inauguration,” one Democrat donor told CNBC, according to Bloomberg.
“You’re looking for a partner”
Other Democrat insiders have also expressed skepticism about where Harris’ intentions truly lie.
“One of the factors that any nominee considers when choosing their running mate is the political aspirations of that running mate,” Patti Solis Doyle, who worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, told Bloomberg. “You don’t want someone who is aggressively looking to elevate themselves for a potential run in four years or eight years.”
She went on: “You’re looking for a partner. You’re looking for someone who can help you govern.”
A make-or-break decision
Biden has promised to name his pick for VP sometime this week, though it remains unclear if that will materialize. If not Harris, others who Bloomberg says are being considered for the role include Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
Whoever Biden chooses, it is sure to make or break his campaign. After all, Biden will be 78 on Inauguration Day, meaning if he wins, he’ll be the oldest president ever to be elected in the U.S. — and he hasn’t committed to running for a second term. With that in mind, perhaps Harris’ Oval Office ambitions aren’t as far-fetched as some would like to believe.