Vice President Kamala Harris declines to discuss speculation about the 2024 presidential ticket, she tells NBC News She didn’t care much for “high-end gossip”.
She insisted she and President Joe Biden are “thinking about the day,” but her firing comes amid speculation the West Wing is frustrated with her, jeopardizing her heir apparent status, and talk that Biden, at 79, may not run again because of his age. .
“I’m sorry, we’re thinking about it today,” NBC’s Craig Melvin said in an interview that aired Thursday on the Today Show. I mean, honestly I know why you’re asking the question – because that’s part of the debates and gossip about places like Washington, D.C. Let me tell you something. We focus on the things in front of us. We’re focused on what we need to do to address issues like affordable childcare.
When he pressed her again about whether she would be on the 2024 Democratic ticket, Harris refused to go there.
The American people sent us here to do a job. Now there is much work to be done. This is my focus. She said.
Melvin also asked about an opinion piece written by Thomas Friedman in the The New York Times On Tuesday, he suggested that Biden team up with Republican Representative Liz Cheney for a bipartisan ticket in 2024.
Harris said she did not read the opinion piece. Friedman is one of Biden’s favorite columnists and the president is a regular reader.
“I really don’t care much about high-level gossip about these issues,” said the vice president.
Vice President Kamala Harris declines to discuss speculation about the 2024 presidential ticket, telling NBC News she doesn’t care about ‘high-profile gossip’
Harris’ dismissal comes amid speculation that the West Wing is frustrated with her and that President Biden, who is 79, may not run again because of his age.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were together in Atlanta on Tuesday to push for federal voting rights legislation.
Cheney, a Republican congresswoman from Wyoming, has become one of the most vocal critics of Donald Trump, who has not ruled out running for the White House again in 2024.
She angered Trump when she voted to impeach him for his role in encouraging the Jan. 6 riot and when she joined the special committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. The former president endorsed her opponent in the state’s Republican primary this summer. House Republicans voted her out of their leadership team after she joined the committee.
Putting it on the ticket, Friedman said, would send a powerful message.
This is the democratic way to defeat a threat to democracy. Not doing so is how democracies die. “I am fully aware that it is very unlikely,” Friedman wrote. However, I still think it’s worth raising. There is no precedent for how close we are to the disintegration of our democracy either.
Friedman’s article was published on the same day as A Wall Street Journal An editorial suggests Hillary Clinton could make her political comeback in 2024.
Several circumstances — President Biden’s low approval rating, doubts about his ability to run for re-election at 82, the unpopularity of Vice President Kamala Harris, and the absence of another strong Democrat to lead the slate in 2024 — have created a leadership vacuum in the United States. party that Mrs. Clinton could viably fill in for.”
A Wall Street Journal opinion piece suggested Hillary Clinton could make a presidential bid in the 2024 election
New York Times columnists have suggested that President Joe Biden name Republican Liz Cheney (above) as his running mate in 2024 for a bipartisan ticket.
Biden and Harris both have low approval ratings. A recent USA Today poll showed that only 40 percent of voters approve of a Biden job in the White House. Harris’ approval rating stands at 32 percent.
Voters gave Biden low marks for his handling of the economy. Inflation hit a 40-year high of 7 percent this week. Meanwhile, COVID cases continue to rise due to the Omicron variant.
Americans face empty grocery shelves, soaring prices at the gas pump and lack of services as businesses close due to employees contracting COVID.
Biden, 79, has said publicly and privately that he will run again in 2024. He is the country’s oldest president.
Clinton — who won the popular vote in 2016 but lost the Electoral College to Trump — will be 77 if she runs and wins in November 2024, and takes office in January 2025.
Harris, too, has suffered from criticism. Biden gave his vice president — the first woman and black American in the job — a high-profile portfolio but failed to make much progress on stopping the root causes of immigration, which cause overloads at the border, et cetera. Payment of voting rights.
The heiress-apparent’s status is in jeopardy amid reports of West Wing staff frustration with her and her team while her allies insist she is being exploited and given management’s toughest tasks.
She joined Biden in Atlanta on Tuesday for his speech on voting rights, where he called on the Senate to kill the filibuster. Harris traveled separately to the city but boarded Air Force One after Biden landed. They were photographed getting off the plane together.