Jim Clyburn open to swapping out president for Kamala Harris

 July 3, 2024

Democrats are growing increasingly anxious about President Joe Biden's candidacy following his disastrous debate last week against former President Donald Trump.

Evidence for that came this week when South Carolina congressman and longtime Biden ally Jim Clyburn expressed openness to swapping the president for Vice President Kamala Harris. 

Clyburn asked if Democrats should "work around" Harris

According to Breitbart, Clyburn made that admission during a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

"Congressman, how would you feel if there is a decision for him to step down?" host Andrea Mitchell asked Clyburn as the two discussed Biden's future.

"If he decides that and he has to decide that, or if the party pressures him to do that, how would you feel if they worked around and try to go around Kamala Harris because of her lack of high poll numbers and popularity, broadly based? Or do you think it is hers to have if it’s not his?" she continued.

"I will support her if he were to step aside"

"I will support her if he were to step aside but I'm going to support her going forward sometime in the future," the Democratic lawmaker insisted.

"I want this ticket to continue to be Biden-Harris and Then we will see what happens after the next election," Clyburn declared.

"No, this party should not in any way do anything to work around Ms. Harris. We should do everything we can to bolster her whether it’s in second place or the top of the ticket," he concluded.

Clyburn is not alone in attempting to bolster Harris, as liberal New Republic columnist Garance Franke-Ruta argued in an article published this week that Biden should resign as president to Harris can take over.

Polls show Harris losing to Trump

"He needs to hand the presidency—and his convention delegates—over so Vice President Kamala Harris in August in Chicago," Franke-Ruta stated.

She maintained that doing so would constitute "a game changer" as well as "cement" for Biden "an extraordinary role in history."

However, polling data suggests that Harris would have a difficult time prevailing over Trump, as a March  New York Times/Siena survey showed her lagging behind him by six points.

Meanwhile, an Ipsos poll carried out between July 1 and July 2 showed the vice president losing to Trump by a percentage point.

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