Bill Maher suggests Biden should boot Harris in favor of Haley for VP

 March 10, 2024

Though Vice President Kamala Harris appears poised to remain on the Democratic Party's 2024 ticket, comedian and commentator Bill Maher has floated the concept of throwing her overboard in search of a more unifying prospect, as Fox News reports.

Maher's comments came during the Friday installment of his HBO program Real Time, and it was then that he urged consideration of what he called his “dream” ticket for November, which would include -- to the surprise of many -- a Republican.

Maher's “dream”

During the panel discussion portion of Maher's show, the host touted former GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley as the ideal running mate for Biden as he pursues a second term in office.

Now that Haley is no longer in the running for the Republican nod, Maher mused, she is free to form a “unity” platform with the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Maher opined that “as long as Trump is ascendant” on the Republican side of things, Haley has no future within the party, and therefore she should begin to forge an alternative path of her own.

“I know it's crazy to think that she could run with Biden, but that's my dream, a unity ticket,” Maher said. “And then [Biden] would, I think, definitely win.”

Guest claps back

It did not take long, however, for one of Maher's panelists to point out the substantial obstacle standing in the way of such an outcome, namely, the racial identity of the current vice president and the impact her ouster could have on the Democrats' chances of success.

Tara Palmeri of Puck weighed in, saying that removing Harris from the ticket in favor of Haley would “literally destroy the Democratic base.”

Maher reminded Palmeri of Haley's minority bona fides as an Indian American, noting, “But she's a woman of color.”

“Yeah, but Black woman are like the core of the Democratic Party,” retorted Palmeri.

Not his first time

Maher's Friday musings are not the only time he has expressed serious reservations about the wisdom of keeping Harris on the ticket for 2024.

As Fox News noted back in late 2022, the HBO personality had already begun suggesting a change at the number-two spot for an election that was still two years away.

Noting his belief that Biden himself was unlikely to step aside, Maher said, “What I could see is replacing the vice president. Because she's just not very popular anywhere. And it didn't seem to work out.”

“I just think she's a bad politician,” he added, noting that Republicans may well capitalize on the argument that, given Biden's advanced age, a vote for him is essentially a vote for a Harris administration, and that is something that undoubtedly strikes fear in the hearts of millions of Americans and could sink the Democrats come November.

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