The husband of Kamala Harris is lobbying Democrats to support her in 2024 in the event Joe Biden doesn’t run for re-election, a report said.
According to Politico, Doug Emhoff has “told Democrats the party must rally around Harris should Biden not run.”
Kamala’s husband steps up 2024 lobbying
The lobbying effort “causes eye-rolling in the West Wing,” the report added, noting that officials “remain skeptical about her viability in 2024.”
Known for her awkward, rambling way of talking, Harris is even more unpopular than Biden — who despite his advanced age may be the party’s best bet for defending the White House at the moment.
Biden was encouraged by Tuesday’s midterm elections, in which he appeared to avoid the thundering rebuke that had been anticipated, with Democrats picking up a pivotal Senate seat in Pennsylvania and overperforming in vulnerable House districts.
Biden didn’t hesitate to boast Wednesday that the election was a “good day for democracy,” while affirming that he plans to do “nothing” differently after voters apparently declined to reject his agenda.
“Our democracy has been tested in recent years, but with their votes, the American people have spoken and proven once again that democracy is who we are.”
Perhaps feeling pressure from Donald Trump, who hinted Monday that he will declare a 2024 bid on November 15, Biden said that he would make an announcement on his own plans early next year.
“I think everybody wants me to run, but we’re gonna have discussions about it,” Biden said. “And I don’t feel any hurry one way or another to make that judgment, today, tomorrow, whenever, no matter what my predecessor does.”
The speculation about Biden’s political future comes as a feud has heated up on the right over President Trump and his rivalry with Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R), who handily won re-election Tuesday.
Many conservative pundits and strategists have been quick to blame Trump for the GOP’s apparently underwhelming election results, saying he should step aside and let DeSantis lead the party in 2024.
An October poll found that Harris would defeat DeSantis by a couple of points in a national contest, while the same poll found that she would lose to Trump by more than 10 points.