VP Harris reportedly being prepped for larger role in 2024 White House run
Now that President Joe Biden has announced his intention to run for a second term, Vice President Kamala Harris is reportedly being prepped to mount a run with Biden against a strong Republican opponent, The Hill reports.
With Biden's rapidly decreasing ability to speak to the public and reporters, let alone hold campaign events, Harris is expected to play a much bigger role this time around.
The task ahead for Harris' team is even more daunting, though, as she has had extremely unfavorable -- and downright embarrassing -- polling numbers for most of her time in office, just like her boss.
Biden spent considerable time in his announcement video last week propping Harris up.
Going up against someone like former Republican President Donald Trump or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) would prove to be much more difficult than it was in 2020, as the country has largely felt the downward spiral it has experienced since Biden and Harris assumed office.
But some Democrats believe she can be re-branded into something new and inspiring.
"There is an effort to re-launch her. I think with the age thing, the VP becomes more important, and it’s not necessarily to improve her, but to make her higher profile," a former Democratic strategist reportedly said.
The Hill added:
White House officials believe she has hit her stride as a leading voice in the administration on fighting back against GOP efforts to restrict abortion access. Hours after Biden launched his campaign, Harris spoke at a political event focused on reproductive rights, where she was greeted with chants of “four more years.”
Harris will struggle with independents and Moderate Dem voters given her current track record.
It's difficult to imagine what her team could possibly do at this point to convince voters that she's up for the job, given that she has virtually zero accomplishments to speak of.
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is already capitalizing on the idea of Biden running with Harris at his side, reminding Americans that should Biden actually win, it would probably look more like a Harris presidency.
"I think we can all be very clear and say with a matter of fact that if you vote for Joe Biden, you really are counting on a President Harris, because the idea that he would make it until 86 years old is not something that I think is likely," Haley said.
She added: "But really, are we willing to say we’re OK with a President Kamala Harris?"
Only time will tell if Harris can be made into something she's definitely not, but who knows what Dems will try.