Joe Biden praises Kamala Harris for being the ‘best partner’ amid historically low approval ratings
President Joe Biden praised his ‘partner’ Vice President Kamala Harris for ‘aways having my back’ during a Democratic National Committee grassroots event Friday, telling her ‘I love you’ as critics continue to slam their first year in office.
‘Hi, Kamala. I love you,’ Biden said during his opening remarks. ‘You always have my back. You’re really amazing. You’re the best partner I could imagine.’
Smiling, Harris replied: ‘I do.’
The president’s applause for Harris comes after he told reporters Wednesday he thought she ‘was doing a good job’ and would certainly be his running mate in 2024.
Despite Biden’s confidence, the pair ended their first year in office with historically low approval in three separate polls tracking this job ratings released on the one-year anniversary of inauguration.
President Joe Biden (right) praised his ‘partner’ Vice President Kamala Harris (left) for ‘aways having my back’ during a Democratic National Committee grassroots event Friday. He told Harris: ‘I love you. You’re really amazing. You’re the best partner I could imagine’
Biden, during Friday’s speech, thanked his party for their support alleging it contributed to the ‘enormous progress’ made during his first year in office. However, he acknowledged there were ‘many challenges’ too.
‘I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your support as we make — mark one year in office. Well, sometimes, it seems longer, doesn’t it, Kamala?’ Biden said.
‘But the truth of the matter is it’s been a year of challenges. Some enormous progress was made though, you know, and you’ve helped make it happen.’
The president touted their success with the coronavirus vaccine distribution, lowering unemployment rates and his plans to combat issues of social welfare.
‘You’ve heard some of these statistics: 210 million people vaccinated when 2 million were vaccinated when we took office; 6 million new jobs — I think it’s more than that actually; 3.9 percent unemployment rate — they didn’t expect it for another four years; 40 percent drop in child poverty — a record,’ he preached.
‘And now we’re just getting started in implementing the historic investment and rebuilding America. We’re going to create better jobs for millions of Americans by modernizing our roads, our bridges, our rails, our ports, our airports, clean drinking water. You’ve heard this before, but it’s real.’
He also promoted his controversial Build Back Better plan, alleging it is essential for the nation’s education and healthcare systems.
‘We’ve got to keep pushing the Build Back Better plan to make childcare more affordable and accessible, to make eldercare more affordable and accessible, and make healthcare and prescription drugs, education more affordable and accessible,’ he stated.
Biden promised to push forward with his voting rights bill, which the Senate failed to advance on Wednesday.
‘Now, we’re going to stand up and protect the right to vote and have that vote counted,’ he argued. ‘That’s what the Republicans are trying to take away. That’s what we have to protect always.’
The president’s applause for Harris comes after he told reporters Wednesday he thought she ‘was doing a good job’ and would certainly be his running mate in 2024. The pair are pictured together at the US Capitol on January 6, 2022
‘She’s going to be my running mate,’ Biden told reporters at a press conference Wednesday (pictured). ‘I think she’s doing a good job’
Additionally, the president addressed how crucial the upcoming midterm elections are for the Democratic party, arguing the party needs to ‘expand its majority’ and vote Democrat ‘up and down the ticket’.
‘This election in 2022 is critical,’ Biden stated.
‘We have to keep control of the House and the Senate to expand our majority. We need to reelect and elect Democratic governors, mayors, state legislators, and candidates up and down and ticket.’
He continued: ‘And the way we’re going to do that is by telling the voters what we’ve done and what we plan to do by making it clear: There’s a clear choice — a choice between a party that works for people and is focused on the future, and a party that’s completely controlled by one man and that’s focused on relitigating the past.’
Earlier this week, Biden touted Harris for her successes and committed to having her by his side in his bid for reelection.
‘She’s going to be my running mate,’ Biden told reporters on Wednesday. ‘I think she’s doing a good job.’
However, despite his optimism, Democrats face a potentially challenging midterm election as Biden and Harris are met with historically low approval ratings.
A CBS News poll released Thursday revealed the nation’s leaders had a 44 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval rates.
An NBC News poll also released Thursday showed Biden’s overall approval rating among adults at 43 percent and disapproval at 54 percent.
A third poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research had the president at 56 percent disapproval and 43 percent approval.
It also reveals that only 28 percent of Americans – and 48 percent of Democrat respondents – want Biden to run for reelection in 2024.
The dismal showings come after Biden’s disastrous press conference Wednesday where he upset Ukraine and other international allies by seeming to indicate he would be okay if Russia made a ‘minor incursion’ of Ukraine. He also seemed to suggest he wouldn’t trust the outcome of the 2022 midterms if voting rights legislation did not pass later that evening.
The White House was forced to immediately walk back on both fronts after members of both parties lashed out at the president.
Despite his optimism, he and Harris are met with a historically low approval rating that sits at a low 44% in a CBS News poll (left) released on the one-year anniversary of inauguration. Two other polls (center and right) show Biden’s approval at just 43% following his first year in office
A third poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research had the president at 56 percent disapproval and 43 percent approval. It also reveals that only 28 percent of Americans – and 48 percent of Democrat respondents – want Biden to run for reelection in 2024
An AFP scorecard on how Biden has fared in key areas in his first year in office
When broken down further by issues, the polls indicate Americans are becoming less and less happy with the way the Biden administration is handling some key issues like the coronavirus pandemic and the economy.
According to the AP poll, 45 percent say they approve of Biden’s handling of COVID-19, which is down from 57 percent in a December 2021 poll and from 66 per cent approval in July 2021 – meaning in just six months, Biden fell 21 per cent on the issue.
The NBC poll also shows 53 percent disapproval when it comes to the pandemic response.
He is performing even worse when it comes to the economy as just 37 percent of Americans approve of his job performance in that area in the AP poll and in the CBS poll only 38 percent approve of his handling of the economy.
The ire over economic issues comes as inflation reached a 40-year high with a 7 percent spike from last year.
While the NBC and AP polls only include the president’s approval and not the vice president, the CBS survey indicates that people tend to approve or disapprove of Harris and Biden in tandem.
Meanwhile, Harris (pictured Friday) has also faced recent criticisms as numerous members of her staff have allegedly become ‘demoralized’ because of an ‘unhealthy and dysfunctional work environment’
The AP-NORC survey shows only about a quarter of respondents were very confident that Biden ‘has the mental capability to serve effectively as president’ or ‘is healthy enough to serve effectively as president.’
Nearly half are not confident in Biden’s mental capability or health.
Harris has also faced recent criticisms as numerous members of her staff have allegedly become ‘demoralized’ because of an ‘unhealthy and dysfunctional work environment,’ Fox News reported.
Several members of Harris’ team, including communications director Ashley Etienne and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, have departed from their roles.
The vice president has also received negative media attention over her handling of the crisis at the southwest border. Republicans have mockingly nicknamed her the ‘border czar’ while also accusing her of being uninterested in actually visiting the US-Mexico border.
Since being named as the point person on the migrant crisis in March, Harris has visited the southern border just once, last June, when she spent a few hours in El Paso, Texas, before jetting off to her $5million Los Angeles mansion.
Meanwhile, illegal crossings at the border have skyrocketed since Biden took office. Customs and Border Protection data shows agents have encountered more than 1.75 million migrants illegally crossing or attempting to seek asylum in the US last year.