During a Monday interview on CNN, Vice President Kamala Harris was asked to comment on her perception of the Biden-Harris ticket reelection chances in the 2024 election.
Startling low approval numbers for the incumbent president and vice president have largely been ignored by the White House, but on Monday, Harris acknowledged that she and Biden were going to “have to earn their reelection.”
Multiple recent polls have shown both Biden and Harris are losing ground on almost all key fronts, including the economy, foreign affairs and the southern border.
Most polls now show Trump defeating Biden in a hypothetical rematch of the 2020 election and that Trump’s lead increases if a third-party candidate is thrown into the mix.
Facing this stark reality, Harris said in her phone interview with CNN: “We’re going to have to earn our reelection, there’s no doubt about it.”
Harris added: “It is absolutely right in a democracy with free and fair elections that the candidates, the people who want to continue in leadership, have to make their case and have to make it effectively. And that means communicating in such a way that the message is received about the accomplishments and what we care about.”
In the course of the interview, Harris said: “I have a great sense of duty and responsibility to do as much as I can, to be where the people are and to not only speak with them but listen to them and let them know what we’ve accomplished.”
Without noting what those accomplishments were, Harris moved on to share how she intends to “engage with TikTok influencers and pick up the slack on the campaign trail,” according to Fox News.
CNN tactfully noted that Harris has “struggled with communication and messaging.” Conservatives have also mocked Harris for her “word salad.”
CNN reported: “This is a politician, after all, whose staff the night before a scheduled speech to the most core party members at the Democratic National Committee meeting last month in St. Louis replaced it with a ‘fireside chat’ moderated by her outside adviser and former DNC chair Donna Brazile, worried that otherwise, she would struggle to come across.”
After two polls on traditionally black University campuses showed significantly low approval ratings among younger voters, Harris declared she would lead in reaching out to black voters.
When asked what the Biden-Harris team had done to support the black community, Harris declined to answer suggesting their list of accomplishments was “too long.”
In an ambiguous response that has become emblematic of her leadership, Harris added: “Actually, probably there’s a hindrance, in that the list is really long, and we have to triage around what we repeat over and over again to make sure that it resonates and it’s actually heard.”
Though Harris acknowledged “The president and I obviously have a lot of work to do to earn our reelection,” she warned that voters should reelect the Biden-Harris ticket “or pay the price.”
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