As the Democratic National Convention commenced this week, all eyes were on U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday evening as she accepted the party’s nomination to serve as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate.
While she made history as the first woman of color to run for vice president, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) insinuated that she is not ready to pass the torch as her party’s most powerful woman, according to Fox News.
“Personification of the American dream”
In a Washington Post interview this week, Pelosi downplayed the level of political influence wielded by the vice president.
“Well, I’m not sure how powerful the vice president is,” she said. “But nonetheless … that will depend on the president. And I’m sure that Joe Biden will extend to Kamala Harris the same strength that President Obama extended to him.”
Nevertheless, Pelosi extolled the prospective vice president’s virtues ahead of November’s election, calling Harris a “personification of the American dream” and a “great guardian of our Constitution.”
In the capacity of vice president, the speaker pointed out that the power “is all derivative from the president of the United States” and offered her hope that Harris would have the opportunity to be a force for progress.
“So I’m hoping that that will be the case and I can just do my job as speaker and enjoy the thought that there is a vice president who is a woman, a woman of color,” Pelosi added.
“Written into his policies”
Her remarks came following the speech she delivered during the convention in which she took on President Donald Trump in stressing the perceived importance of limiting him to one term.
Pelosi said the president lacks “respect for facts, working families, and for women in particular,” asserting that animosity is “written into his policies toward our health and our rights, not just his conduct.”
Of course, she has faced her own criticism over the years — including backlash from the left within her own party. In one such case, it was Harris who came to her defense.
When U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) implied that Pelosi was motivated by racism, Harris responded in an interview that she has “known her to be very respectful of women of color and very supportive of them.”
As the Democratic Party attempts to put on a united front to conclude this week’s convention, Pelosi’s remarks once again shed light on possible discord playing out behind the scenes.