‘She’s running for president, period, and she intends to win,’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., took a shot at Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden, suggesting he’d be better as a running-mate given his experience as a former vice president.
Harris combatted suggestions that she or another female candidate should join Biden’s ticket to balance out a presidential ticket.
“I think Joe Biden would be a great running mate,” she said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, according to The Hill. “As vice president he’s proven that he knows how to do the job.”
Politico reported this week that a Biden-Harris ticket has been floated around the Congressional Black Caucus.
“That would be a dream ticket for me, a dream ticket!” Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., told Politico. “If she is not the nominee, that would be a dream ticket for this country.”
Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., agreed and said Harris’s minority status makes her a valuable choice.
“Either combination there, I’d love,” he said. “I think he’s going to look to balance his ticket so that the ticket itself is more appealing … I think it would make sense and it wouldn’t surprise me if he picked a woman of color.”
But inside Harris’s team, the suggestion hasn’t been taken as a compliment, according to Politico.
Instead, they said it’s “infuriating” that some Democrats want to use Harris’s gender and race to help further Biden’s campaign.
“She’s running for president, period, and she intends to win,” Ian Sams, a campaign spokesman for Harris, told Politico.
Biden is currently the frontrunner in the polls among a crowded Democratic primary field.
Harris’s supporters, however, have said Democrats are disregarding her 2-0 electoral record in California — a feat unmatched by any other candidate, they said.
“I will tell you that the voters, in my experience, are smarter than a lot of folks give them credit for,” she told CNN on Sunday, referencing the past elections in which she’s been underestimated. “And people would say, ‘Oh, they’re not ready for that. Oh, no one like her has done it before. Oh, it’s not your time. Oh, it’s going to be a lot of hard work.‘”
“And I didn’t listen,” Harris continued. “As far as I’m concerned, my track record on this issue tells me the voters are smarter than hearing and listening to all that noise.”