Ever wonder why it took Joe Biden so long to select Kamala Harris as his running mate in 2020? A new book may explain what gave him pause.
Breitbart reports that according to a preview of Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump, Biden was furious after Harris implied at a presidential primary debate in 2019 that he aligned himself with racist policies during his years in the Senate.
Biden apparently leaned over to then-primary rival Pete Buttigieg and said, “Well. That was some f*****g bull***t,” during a commercial break following a part of the debate where Harris accused Biden of not supporting school desegregation and of working with segregationist senators during his early years in the upper chamber.
Harris’ remarks got a lot of media attention in the days after the debate and she briefly rose in the polls, but then faded as Biden surged to win the Democrats’ nomination and then the presidency.
Did Harris call Biden racist?
Fact-checkers went on to deny that Harris called Biden racist, and they are correct that she did not actually use that word affirmatively about him. In fact, she said during the debate, “I don’t think you are a racist.”
A columnist for the Las Vegas Review Journal pointed out, however, that her demurral about Biden’s racism was not genuine, and was the “equivalent of your spouse saying, ‘I’m not upset,’ before listing all the things he or she is angry about.”
In August 2020, Harris repudiated all of her negative comments about Biden — including that he may have been guilty of sexual misconduct or assault — when she could smell a vice presidential nomination. And it seems it’s all water under the bridge now.
An unpopular vice president
Of course, Harris got what she wanted out of the deal, which is to be a heartbeat away from the presidency even though she didn’t get one primary vote.
In fact, Harris has very low approval ratings for a vice president, with 36% of respondents to a recent survey saying they had a very unfavorable view of her, while only 24% said they had a very favorable view of her.
That number jumps to 43% if you include those who have a “somewhat” favorable view, compared to 49% saying they view her unfavorably, including those who have a “somewhat” unfavorable view.
It’s unfortunate that 78-year-old Joe Biden is one health crisis away from leaving Harris as president when the American people resoundingly rejected her for that role — and still don’t like her all that much.