Kamala Harris suggests she's ready to lead if Biden can't

 February 13, 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris recently reaffirmed her readiness to take on leadership responsibilities in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, responding to concerns raised by voters regarding President Joe Biden's age as the 2024 election approaches.

During the interview, conducted prior to the release of a critical report by special counsel Robert Hur, Harris addressed questions about her ability to step into the presidency should Biden, who is 81 years old, become incapacitated or decide to step down.

The comments

She stated, "I am ready to serve. There's no question about that." Harris underscored her confidence in her leadership capabilities, citing her performance in her current role as evidence of her readiness.

The interview took place against the backdrop of the Hur report, which portrayed President Biden as an elderly individual with memory issues.

Although the report did not recommend charges against Biden, it painted a less-than-flattering picture of his cognitive abilities.

In response, the White House pushed back, attributing Biden's demeanor during the interview to the stress of dealing with the aftermath of the Hamas attacks on Israel.

Harris defends Biden

Harris, in defense of Biden, characterized the report as "politically motivated," signaling her support for the president amidst the scrutiny.

As the 2024 election looms and Biden prepares for a potential re-election campaign against former President Donald Trump, Harris has taken on a more prominent role, particularly focusing on key issues like abortion.

She faces challenges of her own, including low approval ratings and persistent targeting by Republicans, which could impact her standing among voters.

Growing concerns

The dynamics surrounding Harris's readiness to lead have been further complicated by the release of the Hur report, which has fueled speculation and debate about Biden's fitness for office.

Despite these challenges, Harris remains committed to supporting Biden and ensuring continuity in leadership within the Democratic Party.

As the election season unfolds, Harris continues to add to concerns for the Biden reelection campaign, adding her own low approval ratings to an already struggling effort.

The comments by the vice president about leading the country may have a polarizing impact that leads to even more support for Trump in November, while potentially leading some Democrats to simply stay home rather than head to the ballot box to support another term of Biden and Harris following four years of frustrations.

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