There has been rampant speculation in recent months that Vice President Kamala Harris, due to low approval ratings and perceived failures on the tasks she’s been assigned, would be passed over by the Democratic Party in 2024, either as President Joe Biden’s running mate again or as his heir apparent if he decides to not run for re-election.
But Biden just attempted to debunk those rumors by declaring this week that he was pleased with Harris’ job performance thus far, and added that she will be his running mate in the 2024 election cycle, Politico reported.
2024 is on
It was on Wednesday that President Biden held only his second major solo press conference since taking office, with this one marking the conclusion of the first year of his presidency.
NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker at one point asked, “You put your — you put Vice President Harris in charge of voting rights. Are you satisfied with her work on this issue? And can you guarantee — do you commit that she will be your running mate in 2024, provided that you run again?”
“Yes and yes,” Biden replied, and when asked to elaborate, said, “No, there’s no need to.”
He quickly added, though, that “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.”
He’s the only one
Politico noted that President Biden did indeed task Vice President Harris to lead the charge on so-called voting rights legislation, as well as dealing with immigration and border security, and though Biden may be satisfied with what Harris has done so far, there is little tangible progress to be seen on either issue.
In fact, the voting rights issue looks to be dead and buried, at least for now, after the Democrat-controlled Senate failed to convince moderate members of the caucus to vote in support of changing the filibuster’s 60-vote threshold in order to pass the election reform bills with simple partisan majorities.
Furthermore, while Biden appeared to be firmly committed to the idea of running for a second term with Harris by his side, the vice president has repeatedly been decidedly non-committal on that front in recent interviews, according to the New York Post.
Harris downplays 2024
During a recent conversation with NBC’s Craig Melvin for the Today show, Harris dismissed the “gossip” and rumors that she could be replaced on the 2024 ticket, and insisted that she and Biden were focused solely on dealing with the problems currently facing America.
Harris had gone even further than that in an earlier interview with The Wall Street Journal when she insisted that neither she nor Biden had even thought about the 2024 election, much less made any plans for another run.
The Post noted that all of this comes amid damning reports that Harris manages a dysfunctional office, perhaps evidenced by an exodus of top staffers over the past few months, as well as plummeting approval ratings likely due to her perceived failures, visceral inauthenticity, and general unlikability that has placed her at odds with a majority of the American people, including some Democrats.