VP Harris confirms in interview that she is prepared to take over for Biden as president

September 7, 2023
Ben Marquis

It has been noted by many Republicans that in light of President Joe Biden's advanced age and the increasingly apparent decline of his physical and mental health, any vote for him in 2024 is essentially also a vote for Vice President Kamala Harris to eventually assume the presidency.

Even VP Harris herself recently acknowledged that she might have to take over as president and insisted that she was prepared to do so even as she downplayed the possibility of that actually occurring, Breitbart reported.

Those remarks came while Harris was in Indonesia to serve as President Biden's stand-in during a major regional summit with other leaders in Southeast Asia.

Harris says she is prepared to take over as president

During a brief sit-down interview with an Associated Press reporter, VP Harris was asked if she was "prepared" to potentially step into the role of U.S. president and she responded "Yes" without any hesitation.

Pressed to elaborate further, she seemed to dismiss the question as a "hypothetical" and then said, "Joe Biden is going to be fine, so that is not going to come to fruition."

"But let us also understand that every vice president -- every vice president -- understands that when they take the oath they must be very clear about the responsibility they may have to take over the job of being president," Harris added. "I am no different."

Harris rejects voter concerns that Biden is "too old" to effectively serve

Prior to that question, the reporter referenced a recent AP-NORC poll which found that 77% of Americans -- including 69% of Democrats -- believe that President Biden is "too old" to effectively serve a second term as president, given that he would be 82 when sworn-in if re-elected and 86 by the time he left office.

In response, VP Harris first praised Biden for his purported accomplishments as president and then said, "I see him every day. A substantial amount of time we spend together is in the Oval Office, where I see how his ability to understand issues and weave through complex issues in a way that no one else can to make smart and important decisions on behalf of the American people have played out."

"And so I will say to you that I think the American people ultimately want to know that their president delivers. And Joe Biden delivers," she added.

Few Americans actually want a Harris presidency

Vice President Harris may believe that she is prepared to take over as president but it is a safe bet that a majority of the American people are far from being prepared for or accepting of that potential eventuality, given the rather dim view of her that most Americans hold.

Harris has always been deeply unpopular with most people, including her own fellow Democrats, as evidenced by the fact that she had to scuttle her own 2020 presidential campaign over a lack of support even before a single caucus or primary vote had been cast, according to Fox News.

And, according to the Los Angeles Times, aside from a brief honeymoon period of positivity that stretched from when she joined Biden's ticket until a few months into the new administration, Harris has been underwater in terms of her unfavorability rating, which currently stands at 54% unfavorable compared to 40% favorable.

The same holds true for her job approval as vice president, per FiveThirtyEight's average of polls, in that she has the approval of around 39.8% of Americans compared to 51.3% disapproval.

If, as so many Americans fear, Harris is compelled to step in and replace Biden as president, there will undoubtedly be cheers from Democrats and the biased media will herald the historic occasion while a majority of the people will steel themselves in preparation for what many suspect will be a Harris administration that is even worse than the current Biden-led administration in terms of incompetence, overt partisanship, and a thoroughly destructive and divisive political agenda.

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