Vice President Kamala Harris canceled her planned trip to stomp for embattled California Governor Gavin Newsom ahead of his recall election, just hours after it was reported that at least 13 U.S. servicemen had been killed in Iraq.
Harris was originally scheduled to appear with Newsom at Friday’s Stop the Republican Recall car rally at the historic Cow Palace outside San Francisco in an effort to boost Democratic turnout in the Sept. 14 election.
But when the vice president returned from a trip to Singapore and Vietnam, her spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, tweeted that she would be returning to Washington DC after visiting Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Thursday afternoon.
A short time later, the San Francisco Chronicle According to reports, Newsom’s campaign spokesman Nathan Click announced that the rally had been canceled, although details of the logistics for the planned drive-in event had been revealed.
It’s unclear if it will be rescheduled amid reports of tight polls between Newsom and his Republican rivals, with radio host Larry Elder currently being considered the strongest challenger.
Vice President Kamala Harris canceled her trip to stomp for California Governor Gavin Newsom just ahead of the September 14 recall election in the wake of the deaths of US soldiers in Kabul
Her spokeswoman confirmed on Twitter that she would return to Washington, D.C., after visiting Joint Bas Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Thursday afternoon.
Harris, a former California state senator and attorney general, he says would be the main driver of the campaign event KTLA, while Newsom falls in the polls.
He was elected with overwhelming support in 2018, but now has only a narrow margin to keep his seat against a Republican-led bid to oust him over his handling of the COVID pandemic and the state’s worsening homeless problem, according to Mercury News.
Newsom sparked outrage last November when he was filmed dining at the ultra-exclusive French Laundry restaurant urging Californians to stay home.
In recent weeks, KTLA reports, he has tried to target his posts to women and voters of color, a group that Harris is addressing as the country’s first female vice president, and the first black and South Asian person to speak in the roll.
She had previously served as the state’s attorney general before becoming a United States senator.
But as the chaos in Afghanistan continues to unfold, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a professor of public policy communications at the University of Southern California, said it might have been smart for Harris to cancel the trip.
She added that a visit from President Joe Biden, who White House press secretary Jen Psaki said before the attacks campaigned for Newsom, could actually be negative for the Newsom campaign.
“I don’t see any reason why it’s imperative, let alone positive, for the president to take the time now to campaign for Gavin Newsom,” she said.
Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff are pictured aboard Air Force Two in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 26 en route from her Asia trip.
Afghan officials said at least 60 Afghan civilians were killed and another 143 were injured in the attack by ISIS-K
The Biden administration has been heavily criticized for its troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, which led to a swift takeover by the Taliban and panic-induced evacuations of thousands of Americans and about 100,000 American green card holders, allies and vulnerable Afghans desperate to escape. the Taliban rule.
Thousands more had gathered at the airport to flee when terrorists attacked the primary gate used to access the area secured by US forces.
At least 13 US servicemen were killed and 15 injured in Thursday’s double bombings outside the gates of Kabul International Airport, where Marines were processing people trying to board evacuation flights.
Afghan officials said at least 60 Afghan civilians were killed and another 143 injured in the ISIS-K attack.
Newsom took the oath of office as Lieutenant Governor under Harris when she was the state’s attorney general. He had hoped to use her now to boost Democratic turnout in California’s September 14 recall election
Meanwhile, Newsom continues to face an uphill race.
About a tenth of the 22 million registered voters have already voted in the Sept. 14 recall election, with Republican radio host Larry Elder leading the polls.
If elected, he would become the state’s first black governor, although the heavily liberal state has not elected a Republican governor since 2006.
During a Tuesday campaign appeal, black women leaders claimed Newsom is a better ally to the black community than Elder, as Newsom warns that his libertarianism and conservatism are wrong for the state.