US Vice President, Kamala Harris, said that she is “ready to serve” her country, in an interview published by the Wall Street Journal, on Monday, at a time of renewed controversy over President Joe Biden’s advanced age and mental abilities.
In response to a question by the newspaper whether voters’ concerns about the president’s age meant that she had to convince them that she was ready to take office, Harris said: “I am ready to serve my country.” There is no doubt about that,” stressing that anyone who sees her activity “will conclude (that she is) fully capable of assuming leadership.”
The interview was conducted, according to the newspaper, two days before the plaintiff, Robert Hoare’s comments, were published last Thursday, about the memory of the 81-year-old Biden.
These comments affected the electoral campaign, 9 months before the presidential elections in November, which Biden will likely run against former Republican President, Donald Trump (77 years old).
The day after the attorney general’s report was published, Harris defended the president, denouncing the prosecutor’s “political motives.”
The US Constitution stipulates that the Vice President replaces the President in the event of his death or inability to assume his duties.
But this does not mean that Harris will automatically become the Democratic Party’s nominee if Biden, for one reason or another, leaves the race.
The Wall Street Journal explains that Democratic officials say that there is no serious talk about replacing Biden in the presidential race this year, and they point out that the nomination period for the primary elections has already ended.
If unforeseen circumstances arise that lead to Biden’s withdrawal, Harris will have to obtain the required number of delegates to take his place at the party convention in August.
If Biden drops out of the nomination after the convention, the Democratic National Committee will hold a special meeting to determine the party’s nominee, according to the party’s established rules.
“There’s always going to be a lot of scrutiny and pressure on her in the 2024 campaign… I think the special counsel’s report has accelerated that now,” said Jennifer Palmieri, who worked in the administrations of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
The American newspaper notes that, in recent months, Harris has been assigned more responsibilities, as she follows up on the abortion rights file, is also in charge of a new office to prevent armed violence, and plays a prominent role in the administration’s handling of the war file between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
Harris, who joined Biden in phone calls with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and gave a powerful speech in Dubai about the conflict, pushed the administration to show more compassion for the Palestinians and focus on Gaza’s future after the conflict.
Shortly after the special counsel’s report was published, Biden aides asked Harris’ team to appear on a news program to defend the president, according to a person familiar with the request who spoke to the Wall Street Journal.
Harris’s allies say that the White House did not use her well early in his term, and she is now in a position to show her importance in the presidential race, especially on the issue of abortion rights.
Polls show this is one of the few issues where Democrats have an advantage ahead of the 2024 elections, with a growing number of voters opposed to the Biden administration’s handling of Middle East issues, his immigration policy and the economy, and increasing concerns about his mental capacity.
Many now acknowledge that Harris has a strong position in managing the abortion file, but they are still not convinced that she will be the leader of the party in the future, according to the newspaper.
Republicans took advantage of Harris’ central role in the election campaign, describing her as more liberal and more unpredictable than him.
“A vote for President Biden is a vote for Kamala Harris,” said former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
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