Kamala Harris said she is prepared to serve as US president if Joe Biden isn’t able to carry out his term.
Kamala Is Ready Presidency
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said she is ready to serve as a president if needed.
However, Harris also dismissed the notion that Joe Biden is too old to run for reelection.
Harris is US history’s first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official.
She is also the first African-American and first Asian-American vice president.
Joe Is Just Fine
When asked if she was prepared to serve as America’s commander-in-chief if Biden became unable to carry out his duties during the recent interview with CBS’s Face the Nation, Harris said: “Yes, I am, if necessary.”
“But Joe Biden is going to be fine,” Harris said. “And let me tell you something: I work with Joe Biden every day.”
Biden is already the oldest serving president of the United States, and he would be 86 upon leaving office at the end of his second term.
First US Woman President?
Harris, who would become the first woman to serve as US president if Biden could not complete his term, told Face the Nation that it would not be a new experience for her.
Harris talked about how she was the first woman elected as district attorney of San Francisco and attorney general of California.
“I represented one in eight Americans [As a US senator for California,]” before becoming the country’s first-ever female vice-president.
Republicans Seize Opportunity
“Listen, this is not new,” she said. “There’s nothing new about that.”
More than two-thirds of the American public think Biden is too old for a second term.
The majority want to see other Democratic candidates enter the contest, according to recent polls.
As Biden’s senior episodes continue to draw scrutiny, some Republicans have sought to portray Harris’ presidency as a scary prospect, citing her lack of experience as one of the top concerns.
Low Approval Rating
Harris responded to Republican attacks by referring to lower crime rates, falling inflation, and relatively quieter times at the US-Mexico border more than halfway through the Democratic incumbents’ third year in office.
“They feel the need to attack because they’re scared that we will win based on the merit of the work that Joe Biden and I, and our administration, has done,” Harris said.
According to a recent CNN poll, the US president’s approval rating is significantly underwater, with just 39 percent approval rating.
Harris Chows on “Word Salad”
Harris, who has been facing low poll numbers, is currently attempting a political comeback ahead of the 2024 election, as she is trying to reshape her image in the eyes of the voters.
Her tenure as vice president has been marred by gaffes, missteps, and awkward performances.
In a recent speech, she repetitively explained simple concepts in awkward sentences, with critics often calling it “a word salad.”
What Do You Do?
Harris celebrated 50 years of hip-hop’s influence on American arts and culture at her residence last weekend, during which she honored the genre’s prominent Black roots.
This Comes as the Democratic ticket seeks to retain the support of African-American voters in their 2024 reelection bid.
As for the 2024 presidential election, some have questioned whether Harris adds anything to the presidential ticket, as she has been struggling to define her role through much of her tenure in the White House.
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Source: The Guardian