First Lady Jill Biden opposed choosing Kamala Harris to be her husband’s vice-presidential running mate in 2020 after Harris attacked Joe Biden during a primary debate, according to a new book.
In This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, according to an extract seen by Fox News, Jill Biden said, “There are millions of people in the United States. Why do we have to choose the one who attacked Joe?”
During the primary debate in 2019, Harris brutally went after Biden, basically calling him racist for working with people who supported segregation in the 1960s and drawing on her own experiences with busing.
The attacks gave Harris a slight bump in polls for a few weeks, but she was unable to turn the temporary upturn into long-term support for her candidacy.
Others in Biden’s circle like Ron Klain, now his chief of staff, argued that Harris was the best choice for vice president.
Biden had pledged to choose a female running mate, and narrowed that pledge to an African-American woman amid widespread racial protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd.
Others considered included Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Stacy Abrams, a failed Georgia gubernatorial Democratic candidate.
“Choosing Harris will show people that you are magnanimous and forgiving, Klain told Biden. It will show the country just what a unifying leader you can be,” the book says.
Despite the Bidens’ hesitancy to choose Harris, they finally concluded she was the best choice for the campaign.
And while there might not have been a better choice than Harris, she has nevertheless been unpopular and has made numerous mistakes in the vice-presidential role.
The only silver lining for President Biden is that Harris’ approval ratings have been even lower than his own.
In some strange way, she may make him look good by comparison, or at least a little bit better.