Throughout the history of the United States, vice presidents have routinely used the position to launch a White House bid of their own.
Ahead of next month’s election, however, there is increased speculation the Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), might be looking ahead to a presidential run, as noted by the Daily Caller.
Uncertainty surrounding Biden
In total, four U.S. vice presidents have parlayed the role into an administration of their own, most recently with Republican George H.W. Bush.
That came after two terms of President Ronald Reagan, though, who was at the time the nation’s oldest serving commander in chief. Biden is older now than Reagan was even as he sought re-election in 1984.
Combined with persistent concerns over Biden’s cognitive function, the spotlight on his running mate has been even brighter than in a typical campaign.
There remains considerable doubt among voters that Biden would even complete one entire term in the White House if he wins on Election Day, meaning his vice president could take over before running as his successor in 2024.
Following Wednesday night’s vice-presidential debate, the reviews were mixed among those who tuned in to watch. President Donald Trump, however, made his assessment clear the following morning during a call-in interview on the Fox News Channel.
“Destroyed her last night”
“And this monster that was onstage with Mike Pence, who destroyed her last night by the way, but this monster, she says, ‘No, no, there won’t be fracking,'” Trump said at one point during the lengthy interview.
For her part, Harris responded by saying that it is “a reflection of immense immaturity when the president of the United States engages in name-calling.”
Upon announcing his running-mate choice in August, Biden obliquely addressed the possibility that she could take the helm as president if he is elected, asserting that she is “ready to do this job from Day One.”
The Daily Caller’s Adam Barnes called Wednesday’s debate a possible “warm-up” for Harris’ 2024 run.
Considering how frequently vice presidents go on to seek that higher office, this week could also foreshadow future debates appearances across from Pence.