In response to rumors that Vice President Harris should withdraw as Vice President Biden’s running partner going into 2024, the Biden campaign and its allies are uniting around Vice President Harris.
A number of opinion pieces that were published this week all recommended that Biden should replace Harris on the ticket in order to boost enthusiasm among Democrats and allay worries about his age going into his second term.
The pieces sparked a new news cycle over Harris’s political value, hurting Biden supporters who see the vice president as a strength going into the 2024 race, and putting some Democrats on the spot about whether she is the ideal choice to run alongside Biden.
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), one of Biden’s most vocal backers in the House and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, declared categorically that Biden should not replace Harris as his running mate and claimed that discussions about her position in the administration are “too much” influenced by her gender and race.
Harris’s contribution to the topic grabbed center stage this week, despite the fact that Biden’s age—he is 80 and would be 86 at the end of a second term—has dominated the news cycle in recent weeks.
When former Californian Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked if Harris would be the ideal running partner for Biden, she declined to answer.
Speculations Surround Harris’ Role
When asked on CNN on Thursday if Harris would be the ideal running mate for Biden, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) once again declined to answer clearly that she would.
Following several essays from the chattering class indicating Biden should reconsider his running partner, questions for Clyburn, Pelosi, and Raskin were issued.
David Ignatius, a columnist for the Washington Post, suggested on Tuesday that Biden not seek reelection in 2024. Ignatius argued that because of his advanced age, voters will pay greater attention to Biden’s running companion. According to data from FiveThirtyEight, Harris has a little lower approval rating than Biden (41.1%), which is at 39.5 percent in surveys.
Throughout her tenure as vice president, Harris has been under fire for her work; detractors have questioned how she has handled important topics like immigration and voting rights, have drawn attention to the high turnover in her office early in her term, and have capitalized on her public gaffes.
Many of Biden’s advisors and supporters praised Harris as an essential component of his campaign for reelection when it began in April. They cited her advocacy for reproductive rights, which helped Democrats turn out in the 2022 midterm elections, and her aptitude for building relationships with young people and Black voters, two crucial Democratic groups.
Some Biden supporters have asserted that because Harris is the first person of color to serve as vice president, she is subject to unfair or excessive expectations that are motivated by racism or sexism.