During a recent interview with Boston Public Radio (BPR), Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren voiced unequivocal support for Joe Biden remaining at the top of her party’s ticket in next year’s presidential race.
Yet in what might come off to some as being a stab in the back, Warren was far less vocal when asked if she would endorse another run by Vice President Kamala Harris.
Deferring to Biden
Warren insisted that the president should seek another term in office, boasting that “he has gotten a tremendous amount done.”
“It’s been two years. He’s had this hideous possible majority in the United States Senate and only a very small majority in the House. And yet look at what we’ve done,” she declared.
As examples of Biden’s supposed achievements, Warren pointed to “the Inflation Reduction Act and the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors and Science Act of 2022 (CHIPS Act).”
However, she was far more reticent when the interviewer asked whether Harris should be his running mate, saying, “I really want to defer to what makes Biden comfortable on his team.”
Low approval ratings
“I’ve known Kamala for a long time,” the left-wing lawmaker continued. “I like Kamala. I knew her back when she was an attorney general and I was still teaching and we worked on the housing crisis together, so we go way back.”
“But they need — they have to be a team, and my sense is they are — I don’t mean that by suggesting I think there are any problems. I think they are,” Warren was quick to add.
The Daily Wire recently pointed out that while Biden has notoriously low approval ratings, his vice president’s numbers are even worse.
According to a polling aggregate compiled by FiveThirtyEight, just 38.4% of Americans approve of how Harris has handled her job as vice president, compared with 51.2% who say they disapprove.
Biden says Harris will be his running mate
Meanwhile, Harris has been dogged by reports about high turnover in her office, with one former staffer telling Politico in 2021 that it is “not a healthy environment.
What’s more, America’s border crisis remains in full swing despite Biden having tasked her with addressing its “root causes.”
Nevertheless, the president assured reporters at a press conference last January that Harris would indeed be on the ballot with him in 2024.
“She’s going to be my running mate, number one,” Politico quoted Biden as saying. “And number two, I did put her in charge. I think she’s doing a good job.”