Democrats forced to tout Kamala Harris as presidential material while Biden falters

 June 5, 2023

There have long been concerns about President Joe Biden's health, and those worries seem likely to grow after the 80-year-old fell down while attending an Air Force graduation ceremony.

As a result, some observers say Democrats have been forced into the uncomfortable position of having to tout Kamala Harris as presidential material. 

White House attempting to bolster Harris' image

Washington Post correspondent Cleve R. Wootson Jr. wrote in an article late last month that the Biden administration is making "a concerted effort to bolster Harris’s image."

Wootson cited "people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity" as saying that White House strategist Anita Dunn is taking steps to raise the vice president's profile.

This includes having "the White House public engagement and political teams to help schedule events with Harris, having her promote popular causes like abortion rights and infrastructure spending."

What's more, Wootson pointed out that the vice president can be seen more than a dozen times in Biden's campaign launch video.

Harris struggles with abysmal poll numbers

However, Harris is burdened by notoriously bad poll numbers, with the website FiveThirtyEight putting his aggregate approval rating at just 37.8%.

That fact was pointed out by Fox News contributor Tom Shillue on "The Big Weekend Show," who said, "Nobody could have seen this coming because we knew that voters didn't really like Kamala Harris too much."

"She never really had much support. You know, and she attacked Joe Biden and then he made her his vice president. And then she came into office," he recalled.

"She's gotten worse"

Shillue pointed to Harris' notorious habit of using what critics call a word salad, saying, "We thought, well, she'll grow into the role. She's gotten worse. She has gotten worse."

"Originally, she talked to children like she was talking to children. Then she started talking to adults the way that she talks to children," he added.

"So I don't know what she's doing, but I don't know that her presidency would be much different from Joe Biden's," he concluded.

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