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Kamala Harris claims she doesn’t think about whether Joe Biden will run in 2024


Vice President Kamala Harris claimed she does not think about whether President Biden will run again in 2024 and that they do not discuss reelection, in an interview published Thursday.

A poll this week revealed that she heads the field of possible Democratic runners if Biden decides that he will be too old at the age of 81 to stand in 2024.

But she said that the next election was not something that she and her boss discuss as they approach the end of their first year in office.

‘I’m not going to talk about our conversations, but I will tell you this without any ambiguity: We do not talk about nor have we talked about re-election, because we haven’t completed our first year and we’re in the middle of a pandemic,’ she told the Wall Street Journal

She spoke soon after a series of news organizations profiled the likely Democratic runners in the event of Biden stepping aside.

And a growing chorus of voices is suggesting that the president should publicly announce he will not run for a second term that would end two months after he celebrated his 86th birthday.

After weeks of negative headlines and plunging poll ratings, Kamala Harris sat down with the Wall Street Journal for an interview that was published on Thursday

She said that she has not discussed reelection with President Biden and does not even think about whether the 79-year-old will run again in 2024

She said that she has not discussed reelection with President Biden and does not even think about whether the 79-year-old will run again in 2024

Asked if she assumed that Biden would run again, Harris, 57, replied: ‘I’ll be very honest: I don’t think about it, nor have we talked about it.’

Harris has been mentioned as a possible 2024 candidate ever since she was picked for Biden’s running mate.

But her popularity has slumped in office. A series of missteps and a lack of progress in slowing the arrival of migrants at the southern border after she took on the role of tackling the root causes of migration from Central America has turned her into a punchbag for the right.

This week a Hill/Harris X poll found that only 43 percent of registered voters approved of her performance.

She insisted she and the president remained focused on leading the nation rather than thinking about the next election.

‘We’re building back up our economy, and we are re-establishing America’s role in the context of our allies and partners around the world,’ she said.

Harris gave the interview after two weeks of negative headlines that focused on reports of dysfunction in her office and the departure of key staff. 

Asked whether she was going to change the way her office was run, she said simply that she valued her team’s work.  

And she sidestepped another question about her work on migration and how, during a trip this year to Guatemala, she had told migrants: ‘Do not come.’

When asked whether she would use the same phrase, words that angered progressives, she replied that she remained focused on the root causes of migration.

Despite the controversy she leads the hypothetical 2024 primary in the absence of a Biden run. 

She wins 31 percent of Democratic support, ahead of Pete Buttigieg on 11 percent, and Elizabeth Warren tied with Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez on eight percent, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll published on Wednesday. 

A Morning Consult/Politico poll published on Wednesday found that only 60% of registered Democrats want Biden to run again in 2024

A Morning Consult/Politico poll published on Wednesday found that only 60% of registered Democrats want Biden to run again in 2024

It also found that only 60 percent of Democrats believe Biden should stand in 2024. 

The White House has taken pains to quell any sort of speculation that Harris might succeed Biden.

Last month Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the president planned to run, telling reporters: ‘That’s his intention.’ 

Even so, Biden’s age means the question is never far away.

This week the New York Times, hardly an enemy of Biden, ran an opinion piece saying Biden needed to announce he would not stand again. 

‘He should announce, much sooner than later, that he will not run for a second term,’ wrote Bret Stephens, one of the newspaper’s conservative-leaning columnists.

‘The argument against this is that it would instantly turn him into a lame-duck president, and that’s undoubtedly true.

‘But, news flash: Right now he’s worse than a lame duck, because potential Democratic successors are prevented from making calls, finding their lanes and appealing for attention.’

Days earlier, the newspaper ran the rule over 11 possible candidates to succeed him. CNN, also not known as hotbed of Biden criticism, did the same a day later. 



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