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Kamala Harris: Past, Present And Future

Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Ticket Makes Debut After Historic VP Pick. Kamala Harris: Past, Present And Future

Harris beat 10 other finalists for No. 2 spot; campaign officials say she displayed knowledge of policy, confidence in challenging Trump.8-12


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their public debut Wednesday as Democratic running mates and emphasized the historic choice of the senator from California, who beat out 10 other finalists to become the first Black woman and the first woman of Indian ancestry on a major-party presidential ticket.



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“She’s smart. She’s tough. She’s experienced,” Mr. Biden said of Ms. Harris Wednesday. “She’s a proven fighter for the backbone of this country, the middle class, for those struggling to get into the middle class.”

Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris entered a high-school gymnasium wearing black face masks—which the former vice president has worn since the coronavirus pandemic put an end to traditional campaigning—and the two remained a few feet apart throughout the event.

He highlighted Ms. Harris’s background as the daughter of immigrants and said she would serve as a model for “little Black and Brown girls.”


Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Ticket Makes Debut After Historic VP Pick

“I’m so proud to stand with you,” Ms. Harris said, taking the stage. “And I do so mindful of all the heroic and ambitious women before me, whose sacrifice, determination, and resilience makes my presence here today even possible.”

In choosing her as his running mate Tuesday, Mr. Biden turned to a former presidential primary rival who has been a frequent critic of President Trump and could help Democrats appeal to a diverse electorate as the nation grapples with the economic fallout from the coronavirus and protests in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in May.

Ms. Harris used her background as a prosecutor and her childhood experience of attending civil-rights marches with her parents to lay out her case against Mr. Trump and praised the work of young activists calling out racial injustices.

“The president’s mismanagement of the pandemic has plunged us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” she said. “And we’re experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice that has brought a new coalition of conscience to the streets of our country, demanding change. America is crying out for leadership.”

Ms. Harris had long been considered a leading contender for the No. 2 spot on the ticket, especially as Mr. Biden was urged by some of his allies to select a Black woman.

Mr. Biden chose her over a group of potential running mates that included former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Karen Bass of California, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

Mr. Biden’s roughly three-month search process led him to interview 11 candidates during the final nine days, according to campaign officials. His search committee earlier met in person with more than 20 potential contenders, asking them a list of questions that included: “What do you think Trump’s nickname for you will be?”

Although Ms. Harris was considered a frontrunner for the job for weeks, she was an uneven campaigner during her presidential bid, when she struggled to settle on a message and strategy.

Progressives within the party were critical of her record as a prosecutor, and some Biden allies raised questions about her loyalty to Mr. Biden after a heated debate exchange with him last year over his position on federally-mandated busing in the 1970s.

In a press briefing after the Biden-Harris event, Mr. Trump called Ms. Harris an “unusual pick,” given the debate disagreement with Mr. Biden. “She mocked him—openly mocked him,” he said.”

Mr. Biden’s search process culminated in a Zoom call with the California senator Tuesday afternoon in which Mr. Biden offered her the job.

In a photo released by the campaign, Mr. Biden sat at a desk in his Wilmington home and spoke to her by videoconference on his laptop as he read from typed notes.

“I’m calling you today because I’ve made that first Presidential decision,” the notecard said. “I’ve decided I would like you to join this effort to win back the soul of this country and be our nation’s next Vice President.”

In a video released by the campaign, Mr. Biden asks Ms. Harris: “You ready to go to work?” and Ms. Harris responds: “Oh my God, I am so ready to go to work.”

In her conversations with the search committee, campaign officials said, Ms. Harris displayed knowledge of major policy issues and confidence in her ability to challenge the president.

The officials also said Mr. Biden “felt a genuine personal connection” to Ms. Harris, who cited her work with the former vice president’s late son, Beau Biden, while the two served as attorneys general of their states.

Ms. Harris forged a close bond with Mr. Biden’s oldest son nearly a decade ago when they negotiated a settlement with the banking industry over mortgage practices that preceded the foreclosure crisis. Beau Biden and Ms. Harris were among the last holdouts in accepting a deal for their states.

During tedious attorneys general meetings, and later, when Beau Biden was suffering from brain cancer, Ms. Harris—along with other attorneys general—would try to keep his spirits up in text messages, according to people familiar with their relationship.

Both Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris brought up his late son in their speeches Wednesday. “Beau was the kind of guy who inspired people to be a better version of themselves…when I would ask him, ‘Where did you get that? Where did this come from?’ He’d always talk about his dad,” Ms. Harris said.

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a confidant of Mr. Biden, said the search process helped show how Mr. Biden would present a contrast to the president in the election. “Joe is thorough, detailed, professional, listens to experts, and when it comes to a critical emergency like a health pandemic, that’s what he’s doing,” he said.

Republicans sought to cast the ticket as a capitulation to the party’s most liberal elements. The president said on Twitter Wednesday morning that Ms. Harris’s presidential campaign had performed poorly before she departed the race “with almost zero support. That’s the kind of opponent everyone dreams of!”

During an event in Mesa, Ariz., on Tuesday evening, Vice President Mike Pence, who will face Ms. Harris in a single debate in October, said her selection was no surprise because Mr. Biden and his party had been “overtaken by the radical left.”

Mr. Biden hit back at Mr. Trump for saying Tuesday that Ms. Harris was “nasty” to a Supreme Court nominee during a confirmation hearing. “It’s no surprise because whining is what Donald Trump does best,” Mr. Biden said.

Mr. Biden said during a virtual fundraiser after the event that his campaign had raised $26 million in the 24 hours since announcing Ms. Harris as his running mate, according to a pool report. “It’s really palpable, the excitement,” he said.

Of those donors, 150,000 hadn’t previously given to Mr. Biden’s campaign, he said.

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee, offered Ms. Harris a piece of advice Wednesday. Mr. Kaine said Ms. Harris and Mr. Biden should try to do more events together.

“I think the public likes to see the working relationship, what’s the working relationship going to be like,” he told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Ahead of the new ticket’s appearance Wednesday in Wilmington, dozens of people, some waving Biden signs, gathered outside Alexis I. du Pont High School to show their support. They were joined by a handful of antiabortion activists.

A typical running-mate rollout would involve cheering crowds in a battleground state. The pandemic has prevented traditional campaigning, so the Wednesday event was held inside the gymnasium, with members of the media sitting in folding chairs inside white circles meant to ensure social distancing.

Ms. Harris’s allies say she did what she could do to position herself for the nomination, while remaining calm during the vetting process—even in the final days, as lobbying from those supporting other candidates became more frenzied and concerns from some over her ambition became public.


“She was cool,” said Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina lawmaker who kept in touch with Ms. Harris in recent weeks. “She was Zen.”

Mr. Sellers said she would bring that same approach to the campaign. “She’s going to leave it all on the field.”


Silicon Valley Sees Kamala Harris As One of Its Own

Joe Biden’s VP pick has forged deep ties with tech-industry executives but sometimes stands against their interests.

Silicon Valley has a potential ally in its future with Kamala Harris, a California senator who has strong ties to executives behind the nation’s technology giants and has been largely silent about the antitrust issues currently plaguing them.

Ms. Harris, named Tuesday as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, counts prominent figures such as Facebook Inc. operating chief Sheryl Sandberg and Inc. co-founder Marc Benioff among her supporters.

Boldfaced Silicon Valley names including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and venture capitalist John Doerr raised money for her presidential bid that ended in December. And her brother-in-law is Tony West, general counsel of Uber Technologies Inc.

“She grew up around a ton of innovation and realized how important that is for the California economy,” said Charles Phillips, former Oracle Corp. president who is also co-chair of the Black Economic Alliance, a political-action committee.

The first Black woman and the first woman of Indian descent selected to run for vice president on a major-party ticket, Ms. Harris is far from a tech apologist. The 55-year-old Oakland, Calif., native has criticized social-media companies’ handling of political speech and election misinformation.

Last year, the former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general backed the state’s so-called gig-economy legislation that requires companies like Uber and Lyft Inc. to reclassify their independent contractors as employees, a law they strongly oppose and are now fighting in state court.

But Ms. Harris and Mr. Biden haven’t called for tech giants such as Google and Inc. to be broken up, a hot-button issue that has garnered support among some Democrats and Republicans.

Last month, the chief executives of Facebook, Apple Inc., Amazon, and Google faced relentless criticism at a more than five-hour long congressional antitrust hearing in which lawmakers challenged their companies’ business practices.

When pressed on the matter in an interview with the New York Times during her run for president, Ms. Harris deflected and said her first priority in the White House with regard to Big Tech would be to safeguard user privacy, an area Facebook and others have sought to improve.

Mr. Biden told the Associated Press in May 2019 that breaking up Facebook is “something we should take a really hard look at,” while Ms. Harris that same month described the social-media giant on CNN as a utility that had gone unregulated.

Other former Democratic presidential candidates such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have drawn a firmer line, describing tech giants as monopolies.

Last year, Ms. Warren’s campaign went as far as to plaster her image with the phrase “break up big tech” on a billboard outside a San Francisco rail station frequented by Silicon Valley commuters.

Despite such criticism, many Democrats in recent years including Ms. Warren succeeded in raising funds from tech elites. Ms. Harris’s Silicon Valley backers during her presidential bid included Twitter Inc. board member Omid Kordestani and his wife, Gisel Kordestani, who each gave the maximum amount allowed by the Federal Election Commission for the primary election.

Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, did the same. Mr. Kordestani and Ms. Jobs also donated to other primary candidates.

“When she meets people she comes across as qualified, a tough prosecutor—we saw her as our attorney general and before that a district attorney,” said Marc Nathanson, a former cable executive and longtime Democratic donor. “More importantly, she listens,” he said.

Mr. Nathanson pointed to a coming virtual fundraiser his wife Jane Nathanson is co-hosting under the Women for Biden banner. Other co-hosts include former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant, who is married to Netflix Inc. co-chief executive Ted Sarandos, and movie producer Florence Sloan.

Tickets range from $500 to $250,000, according to an invite reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris share some donors but her pick may invigorate fundraising efforts with people she has known for years, supporters of Ms. Harris told the Journal.

Mark Pincus, founder and chairman of videogame company Zynga Inc., said the vice presidential candidate is the perfect person to navigate the relationship between Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley.

Mr. Pincus, a longtime supporter of Ms. Harris who co-hosted a fundraiser for her Senate campaign in 2016, said he is confident she would make smart decisions about whether the industry’s biggest players should have to overhaul their businesses.

“I don’t know where she’ll end up and she probably doesn’t have a firm point of view on it yet and that’s good,” he said. “We need someone who’s going to want to take more of a lawyer’s approach in a way of wanting to get into the facts of data and arguments, and not just looking for political solutions.”

Heidi Messer, co-founder and chairwoman of New York-based Collective[i], which offers artificial intelligence and predictive technologies for sales teams, said Ms. Harris will help shape Mr. Biden’s tech policy agenda.

Ms. Harris has expressed concern about facial recognition and other AI technologies that could perpetuate racial bias, highlighting the issue in public appearances and in the criminal justice plan she released as a presidential candidate.

Ms. Messer said there is a place for regulation, but technologies like facial recognition have applications that are positive, such as cracking down on human trafficking.

“My experience with Senator Harris is that she is very thoughtful and wants to learn,” she said. “Hopefully she’ll bring that approach to tech given the chance we have to embrace the opportunity underlying the massive economic, technological and social changes underfoot.”

Wall Street Sighs In Relief

Wall Street’s warm welcome to Joe Biden’s running mate reflects a belief that tougher financial regulation isn’t a top priority.

When Joe Biden announced California Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential pick, he pointed to her tough-on-banks record. Much of Wall Street cheered anyway.

The warm welcome reflects some relief that in choosing Ms. Harris, Mr. Biden has—for now at least—fended off the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party that has called for tougher financial regulation.

During her own primary campaign, Ms. Harris managed to impress a Wall Street set that tends to be fiscally conservative and socially liberal. As Mr. Biden’s running mate, they see a noncontroversial partner—closely aligned with him on the issues nearest and dearest to their hearts—and an asset with big donors.

About half a dozen leaders in business and finance said they expect Ms. Harris to be a moderate voice committed to rebuilding an economy upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

They expect her to take some swings at Wall Street; as California attorney general, she helped take big banks to task for their role in the foreclosure crisis, and she has proposed taxing financial transactions to pay for a health-care overhaul. But they said they won’t take it personally.

“I think she is a reasonable, rational person who has worked in the system,” said Bill Daley, Wells Fargo & Co.’s head of public affairs and a former chief of staff to President Obama. “Is she a progressive? Yes. Is she someone who wants to burn the building down? No. I think she wants to strengthen the building.”

Ms. Harris proved adept at courting wealthy donors in the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard while speaking credibly to middle-class concerns. She sought input—and money—from CEOs across industries for her campaign in listening sessions, and touted her record supporting small-business owners at an event in Iowa sponsored by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the Wall Street powerhouse.

Blair Effron, co-founder of boutique investment bank Centerview Partners who donated to Ms. Harris’s presidential primary campaign, called her “direct but constructive.” He said Ms. Harris thinks big business has “a responsibility to be part of the solution, but she makes clear how we will all benefit with shared prosperity.”

Ms. Harris’s record as a prosecutor could signal a tougher stance on consumer protection, but new financial regulation—much of it relaxed under President Trump—is likely to take a back seat to the more immediate task of repairing the economy.

“She thinks what’s good for business should be and can be good for the country,” said Charles Phillips, co-chair of the Black Economic Alliance and a longtime Harris supporter. “She wants to figure out a way for the system to work for everyone and expand the pie.”

Ms. Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants who was elected to the Senate in 2016, is no stranger to the corporate world. As the San Francisco district attorney and California’s attorney general, she was seen as someone who has been, at times, sympathetic to the technology industry, understanding its economic potential for the state even as it brought rising inequality and social backlash.

Her primary campaign focused on taking on Mr. Trump before switching strategies in an attempt to widen her appeal, highlighting a “3 a.m. agenda” that includes a middle-class tax cut, gender pay equality and a refundable tax credit to help with rising costs of housing.

To some Wall Street executives, Ms. Harris’s selection signals a more moderate shift for the Democratic Party, which its progressive flank has pushed to the left in recent years.

She edged out more-liberal vice presidential contenders—particularly Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who called for tighter banking regulations—and is now positioned as a front-runner to one day succeed the 77-year-old Mr. Biden should he win the presidency.

“While Kamala is a forceful, passionate and eloquent standard-bearer for the aspirations of all Americans, regardless of their race, gender or age, she is not doctrinaire or rigid,” said Brad Karp, chairman of law firm Paul Weiss, who co-led a committee of lawyers across the country who supported Ms. Harris during the primary.

In speeches, private fundraisers and announcements, Ms. Harris also has made clear that she won’t tolerate wrongdoing. She has said she might support proposals that could curb the advantages of big businesses or the wealthy.

Chief among those ideas: a tax of financial transactions, a policy also favored by Ms. Warren that would eat into Wall Street profits. Ms. Harris has said she would use the tax to pay for a government-run health-care plan that would still allow a limited role for private insurers.

Ms. Harris hasn’t served on the Senate Banking Committee and has had limited direct dealings with Wall Street, but she has taken some political shots at big business.

She said the Paycheck Protection Program, a $670 billion pot of emergency-loan money for companies, was “put in place to help sustain our small businesses, not to fill the pockets of large, wealthy corporations” and called for more transparency about where the money went.

In 2011, she pulled out of a national mortgage settlement with big banks and pursued a separate, costly settlement for California, a decision that catapulted her political career. But some officials involved in the negotiations have said her efforts to hold banks accountable amounted more to style—seen at times as impeding a resolution—than substance.

“Not great for financial [companies] but not a game changer,” KBW analyst Brian Gardner wrote in a note to clients.


Sarah Palin Offers Advice And Congratulations To Kamala Harris


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Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin offered advice and congratulations to Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday shortly after the California Democrat was announced as former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate.

Palin was on the ticket with Sen. John McCain of Arizona in 2008, the second woman to be on the ticket of a major political party. When Harris accepts the nomination next week at the Democratic National Convention, she will become the third woman and first Black and South Asian American woman nominated for the role.

“Congrats to the democrat VP pick,” Palin wrote in an Instagram post. “Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned.” In 1984, Democratic Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York was the first woman to be on a major party ticket.

Palin offered six pieces of advice to Harris, which included, “out of the chute trust no one new,” “fight mightily to keep your own team with you,” “don’t get muzzled” and “don’t forget the women who came before you.”

The former Alaska governor offered personal anecdotes from the campaign trail and warned Harris against those who may try to change her.

“Some yahoos running campaigns will suffocate you with their own self-centered agenda so remember YOU were chosen for who YOU are. So stay connected with America as you smile and ignore deceptive ‘handlers’ trying to change you,” Palin wrote.

Palin, who had served less than two years as the governor of Alaska at the time, was plucked out of obscurity by McCain to be on the Republican ticket.

She broke onto the national stage and delivered a fiery speech at the Republican National Convention, but would go on to stumble throughout the campaign and have a series of missteps and gaffes. McCain and Palin lost to Barack Obama and Biden later that year.

Palin’s advice to Harris reflects her own clashes with the McCain campaign. Days from Election Day in 2008, several McCain advisers suggested to CNN that they had become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin “going rogue.”

McCain sources said Palin had gone off-message several times, and that they privately wondered whether the incidents were deliberate.

A Palin associate countered and told CNN Palin was simply trying to “bust free” of what she believes was a damaging and mismanaged roll-out.

In her Instagram post, Palin urged Harris to fight to keep her own team with her because “they know you, know your voice, and most importantly are trustworthy.” The advice comes after Biden’s team announced earlier in the day who would serve as his vice president’s staff.

Palin defined two “fun terms you may learn” for Harris, including ” ‘OTR’ – an orchestrated campaign stop that’s meant to look un-orchestrated where you ‘normalize’ in front of voters,” and a campaign “ropeline.” Harris has been in the national spotlight, as a US senator and a former 2020 presidential candidate herself.

Palin spoke fondly of meeting Americans on the rope line at campaign events, writing, “Every single handshake and holler and hug and smile melted my heart, energized my soul, and gave me the utmost hope in the greatest country on earth!”

The former governor recounted a time on the campaign trail when she had forgotten to pack her running shoes, which resulted in the “media detailing my every move trying on shoes.” She also noted the difficulty of trying to eat in front of cameras.

Palin said she would later post more for Harris, “including one of the funniest things in my life, right before my debate with Sen. Joe Biden,” but her parting advice to the senator was: “have fun!”

“This IS the greatest country in the world,” Palin wrote, “and hopefully you’ll be blessed beyond belief, like I was, with meeting new people from all walks of life and see just how great it is!”


Updated: 8-13-2020

What A Biden-Harris White House Could Mean For Tech Policy

VP pick Kamala Harris would bring strong personal ties to Silicon Valley, but also some tech skepticism.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate suggests Big Tech might avoid the hammer blow of a breakup if the ticket wins the White House.

Public scrutiny of fields such as artificial intelligence, digital surveillance and cybersecurity have sparked more talk in Congress about a slew of new laws for the tech industry.

Tech executives and venture capitalists have high hopes California’s junior senator will bring a moderate touch to those conversations and to regulating large and small businesses alike.

“How do you do that without creating unintended consequences?” said Casey Ellis, founder of San Francisco-based cybersecurity startup Bugcrowd Inc. “That’s a hard problem to solve, and I think she’s been pretty thoughtful about it.”

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Harris served as California’s attorney general as Silicon Valley companies such as Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc. grew into global titans and critics began questioning their influence.

While vice presidents have limited power to shape or enforce policy from the White House, advocates say she could help prioritize the tech industry’s policy wishlist, which includes issues such as immigration reform.

The Trump administration has curtailed visas for highly skilled workers, drawing rebukes from Silicon Valley in recent months.

“There should be policies to, in a controlled way, allow those people to come over,” said Umesh Padval, a partner at San Francisco-based Thomvest Ventures who invests in cybersecurity and cloud-infrastructure startups. “The tech industry prospered on this.”

In a New York Times interview last year, Ms. Harris didn’t say whether the federal government should break up Big Tech, but did call for consumer privacy protections.

Though California has a statewide privacy law, company officials and industry lobbyists have increasingly called for a federal standard to avoid a patchwork of state-level statutes.

“Our hope is that a potential Biden and Harris administration will be able to move that up the prioritization list,” said Peter Leroe-Muñoz, senior vice president of tech and innovation policy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a trade association.

A federal privacy law could have a significant effect on international data flows and digital trade, said Nick Elledge, chief operating officer at Palo Alto, Calif.-based DataFleets, which offers a platform for training AI models without moving private data. Innovation in AI and other areas requires access to massive troves of data, he said, and the lack of a U.S. privacy standard could inhibit data flows between the U.S. and other countries or regions, such as the European Union, that have stronger laws.

“We’re currently headed toward the Balkanization of international data,” Mr. Elledge said. “That’s bad for all [artificial intelligence and machine-learning] initiatives, whether it’s for financial fraud detection or medical imaging to fight cancer.”

Ms. Harris might be more skeptical toward other technologies.

A former prosecutor, she has expressed concern that facial recognition could perpetuate racial bias by misidentifying people of color at disproportionately high rates. Civil liberties groups increasingly have pushed for regulating, if not banning, the use of facial recognition technology.

Major tech companies, including Microsoft Corp., have stopped selling the technology to police in the absence of federal regulations.

“The issue of reducing algorithmic bias based on race, gender, etc. is already key for her and is likely to become even more important,” said Arijit Sengupta, founder and chief executive of Aible Inc., a Foster City, Calif.-based AI company.

Ms. Harris has also criticized social media, including its impact on U.S. elections and the spread of misinformation and hate speech. A growing number of lawmakers from both parties have responded by suggesting changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields internet companies from liability for user content.

Mr. Biden has previously said he wants to revoke Section 230, but advocates say the liability shield is critical for the open internet in its current form. Ms. Harris, who’s been targeted by disinformation campaigns, has backed narrower reforms to the law.

“Harris’ stronger relationships in Silicon Valley might make [revoking Section 230] less likely,” said Shuman Ghosemajumder, global head of AI at Seattle-based infrastructure and cybersecurity firm F5 Networks, Inc. “On the other hand, she could help convince tech companies of the need for regulation.”


Updated: 8-13-2020

Trump Uses Coronavirus Briefing To Criticize Biden’s Mask Mandate, Decry Mail-In Vote, Question Kamala Harris’s Eligibility As Vice President


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President Donald Trump on Thursday evening blasted Joe Biden’s call for a national mask mandate, challenged the security of mail-in voting and questioned the eligibility of Kamala Harris as a vice presidential candidate, during a wide-ranging news briefing intended to provide updates and information about America’s battle against the worst pandemic in a generation.

“We will continue to urge Americans to wear masks when they cannot social distance, but we do not need to bring the full weight of the federal government down on law-abiding Americans to accomplish this goal,” he declared at Thursday’s briefing, criticizing comments Biden made earlier in the day.

“It’s up to the governors and we want to have a certain freedom,” the president said, adding that each state is “facing unique circumstances” in their fight against the disease. “Americans must have their freedoms and I trust the American people,” he said.

The comments from the president come after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday called for a national mask mandate to limit the spread of COVID-19, stepping up his rhetoric on the issue after criticizing Trump’s own stance earlier this summer.

Biden, speaking during a brief appearance before reporters in Wilmington, Del., said that “every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum.”

Trump blasted Biden for what he described as politicizing the viral outbreak to score “political points,” while he used much of the press briefing in attempt to outline differences between the former vice president and himself as the race for the White House heats up. “Stop playing politics with the virus,” Trump said, at one point.

The president also emphasized his optimism about the prospects for a vaccine and remedies for the deadly illness.

The global tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbed to 20.6 million on Thursday, with the death toll rising to 749,656, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.

At least 12.8 million people are confirmed to have recovered. The U.S. has 5.19 million cases, and COVID-19-related deaths stand at 166,027.

Meanwhile, Trump attempted to clarify comments that he made about not funding the U.S. Postal Service and criticism of mail-in voting during a Fox Business Network interview, when he was asked about the issues preventing a deal with Democratic lawmakers on another coronavirus relief package.

The president said he would rather not provide funding to the USPS and encouraged voters to physically travel to voting stations even if the virus was still not under control on Election Day on Nov. 3.

“We want to have an accurate vote,” he said, suggesting that voting by mail is vulnerable to fraud. “I am not saying anything wrong with voting, I want them to vote, but that would mean they would have to go to a voting booth like they used to and vote,” he said.

“We want people to vote so when they vote it means one vote. It doesn’t mean ballots all over the place,” Trump continued.

Trump currently trails in national opinion polls and has repeatedly attacked mail-in voting this year, claiming that expanding such voting would lead to large-scale fraud in the election.

Independent researchers have found no widespread cases of such voter fraud in past races. A number of states have conducted elections primarily by mail, and others are rolling out mail-in balloting.

He also claimed that countries like China, Iran and Russia could create counterfeit ballots.

Trump’s challenges to USPS funding have fueled allegations that he is trying to hamstring the service ahead of the presidential election where mail-in voting is likely to be crucial.

Later in the briefing, Trump declined to denounce claims that Harris doesn’t meet constitutional requirements to serve as Biden’s running mate. She is the first Black woman and the first person of Indian ancestry on a major national ticket.

“I just heard today that she doesn’t meet the requirements, and by the way, the lawyer who wrote that pieces is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer. I have no idea if that’s right,” he said.

“I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice president,” he said in a response to reporter’s question.


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The questions abut Harris follow an op-ed in Newsweek by John C. Eastman, a law professor at Chapman University, who argued that because neither of Harris’s parents were naturalized U.S. citizens at the time of Harris’s birth in 1964, she is not a “natural born citizen” and therefore “ineligible for the office of the president and, hence, ineligible for the office of the vice president.” A claim that has been refuted by experts, including in Newsweek.


Updated: 8-20-2021

Vice President Kamala Harris To Focus On Countering China On Southeast Asia Trip


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Visits to Singapore and Vietnam will build on months of diplomatic outreach to the region by the Biden administration.

A trip by Vice President Kamala Harris to Southeast Asia will give the Biden administration an opportunity to put the focus back on countering China at a time when the U.S.’s chaotic exit from Afghanistan is raising questions about Washington’s reliability as an ally.

Vice President Kamala Harris To Focus On Countering China On Southeast Asia Trip

Ms. Harris departs on Friday for Singapore and Vietnam, visits that will be the culmination of months of diplomatic outreach to the region, underscoring a shift in priorities away from the war on terror and toward containment of competing powers.

During her trip, Ms. Harris is expected to focus on global health, economic partnerships and security in the region, according to senior administration officials.

She will deliver a speech in Singapore detailing her vision for the Indo-Pacific and launch a Southeast Asia regional office for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Vietnam.

Ms. Harris will also meet with government officials and business leaders to speak about supply-chain issues. The Biden administration has been working to address a global semiconductor shortage, which has caused production slowdowns from appliances to computers and cars.

A surge in Covid-19 cases in the largely unvaccinated region has also led to lockdowns in countries including Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia—major exporters of electronics and other goods—that forced factory closures and further disrupted global supply chains.

U.S. business representatives have pressed the Biden administration to accelerate aid to the region.

More broadly, support from governments in the region is critical to the U.S.’s long-term interests in the Indo-Pacific region, where Beijing has aggressively sought greater influence over poorer neighbors and expanded its claims in the South China Sea.

“Southeast Asia is one of the major arenas of U.S.-China strategic competition,” said Renato Cruz De Castro, a professor of international studies at De La Salle University in Manila. “There’s a perception in Washington that China has been earning a lot of points lately, so there is a sense of urgency.”

Ms. Harris is tasked with repairing relationships that eroded under former President Donald Trump, analysts say. During his term, several ambassador posts were left empty for long periods and attendance at regional forums was greatly reduced, which was widely perceived as a snub.

But Southeast Asia’s gradual drift away from Washington goes back further, to ex-President Barack Obama’s unfinished “Asia rebalance” policy.

Key agreements reached during his presidency stalled early on, including a major trade agreement with Pacific nations and an enhanced defense pact with the Philippines.

Even as ties improve, there will be limits, analysts say. The challenge for Ms. Harris will be not only to convince her Southeast Asian counterparts that Washington is a reliable partner, but that they are seen as more than pawns in a great power struggle.

Regional leaders including Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have long voiced resistance to choosing sides.

Aaron Connelly, a Singapore-based researcher with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London-based think tank, said smaller countries confronted with a rising power typically have three options: They align with it, hedge, or balance against it by siding with its adversary.

“Most countries in Southeast Asia are hedging,” Mr. Connelly said. “In the short-term, none of these countries are going to get off the fence and side with the U.S., but they can be persuaded to make choices on discrete issues in ways that favor the U.S.”

The rushed evacuations in Afghanistan, which have drawn parallels to the American exit from Saigon in the final days of the Vietnam War, will also loom large over Ms. Harris’s trip.

Asked if the situation in Afghanistan posed a problem for Ms. Harris in gaining the trust of officials in Southeast Asia, a senior administration official said the White House’s current engagement in the two regions was too different to compare.

Ms. Harris will build on the momentum of earlier visits by other senior U.S. officials, pledging increased cooperation on healthcare, economic recovery and regional security.

Since early June, Southeast Asia has been visited by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken met virtually with Southeast Asian ministers in early August.

Recent engagements have largely focused on Covid-19 assistance, as much of Southeast Asia has struggled to obtain vaccine supplies and several countries are facing devastating surges driven by the Delta variant.

In early August, the White House said it had shipped more than 23 million doses to the region and provided $158 million in health and humanitarian aid.

Countering China’s expansion in the South China Sea remains one of the U.S.’s top priorities. Over the past five years, Beijing has built up a massive presence by militarizing artificial islands and using civilian fleets, widely regarded as maritime militias, to occupy new areas and advance its claims.

Analysts say a more comprehensive U.S. military presence in the region could ward off further encroachment and prevent an escalation that neither side wants.

“It’s deterrence by denial, that’s really what it’s all about: Making sure that China doesn’t ever believe they’re going to go unnoticed or be able to exploit disputed territory without a response,” said James Siebens, a fellow with the Defense Strategy and Planning program at the U.S.-based Stimson Center.

Vietnam, which claims parts of the South China Sea, has emerged as an attractive partner to head off further Chinese expansion, as Washington’s relationship with the Philippines, a treaty ally, has been strained in recent years.

When Ms. Harris meets with Vietnamese leaders, she is expected to push for an upgrade in relations from a “comprehensive” to a “strategic” partnership, which could streamline high-level diplomatic access and defense cooperation, analysts say. Senior administration officials declined to comment on whether an upgrade was in the works.

The U.S. has a similar arrangement with Singapore, which grants it access to air and naval bases and enables the sharing of defense technology.

Ties between the U.S. and Philippines have gotten more volatile under President Rodrigo Duterte, whose single term ends next year.

The Philippine leader has threatened to sever ties with the U.S., partly over criticisms of his administration’s alleged involvement in human rights abuses including extrajudicial killings linked to his war on drugs. Rights groups say more than 12,000 people were killed in antidrug operations since he took office.

Human rights is also a potential complication to improving ties with Vietnam. President Biden has pledged to give priority to human rights in his administration’s foreign policy.

Vietnam’s communist leadership has been criticized for its human rights record.

When Mr. Obama visited the country in 2016, several activists were detained in a wave of arrests before his arrival, human rights groups say. Vietnamese activists and bloggers are often subject to harassment and more than 130 political prisoners are behind bars, according to Human Rights Watch.

Ms. Harris’s travel to Singapore and Vietnam will mark her second foreign trip as vice president. She traveled to Mexico and Guatemala in June, where she received bipartisan criticism for some missteps.


Updated: 5-24-2024

Kamala Harris Is Gaining Swing-State Voters’ Trust To Step In For Biden


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The vice president also was the top choice among Democratic rising stars to run for the White House should Biden be unable to continue his campaign.

Vice President Kamala Harris is increasingly endearing herself to swing-state voters, a development that if it persists, stands to neutralize Republican attacks around Joe Biden’s age.

Nearly half of swing-state voters, 48%, say they trust Harris to fulfill the duties of the presidency if Biden were no longer able to serve, according to a Bloomberg News/Morning Consult poll conducted in early May.

The reading marks the highest level of confidence since the survey was first conducted in October.

In recent months, Harris — the first woman, Black or Asian vice president — has held a series of high-profile events that resonate with key parts of the Democratic base.

They include a historic visit to a Minnesota abortion clinic, a nod to the rollback of federal reproductive rights that has galvanized women voters, and an impassioned speech at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, a landmark of the Civil Rights era. Harris and the administration have also leaned into detailing her personal arc and record in public office.

Republicans have sought to attack Biden’s fitness for a second term by casting her as unprepared to take his place. Polling shows voters are more concerned about the fitness of Biden, 81, for office than Donald Trump, four years younger at 77.

“It would be foolish to think that voters aren’t thinking a little more about who the vice president is and whether she’s capable of taking over,” said political scientist Christopher Devine, who co-authored a book about vice presidential candidates.

Still, despite voters’ uptick in confidence in Harris, she trailed Trump by 7 percentage points in a hypothetical head-to-head, wider than the 4-point advantage Trump held over Biden in the poll.

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If President Joe Biden were unable to fulfill the duties of the presidency, how much would you trust Vice President Kamala Harris to assume the responsibilities of the presidency?

The poll showed Harris as the top choice among those considered Democratic rising stars if Biden were unable to continue his campaign.

That list includes Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Maryland Governor Wes Moore and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

Warming sentiment toward Harris was on display at a recent stop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a key swing state. During an on-stage interview with the vice president, comedian D.L. Hughley unexpectedly apologized.

“I have to say that I’m sorry,” Hughley told Harris. “I had let a media narrative co-opt my perspective, and I think that tends to happen with women and people of color.”

Hughley, who met privately with Harris in November, explained that he was critical of her time as a prosecutor in California, where he grew up and Harris spent her early political career.

But, he said, “some of the things that I have subsequently come to learn about you, not only make me proud of you, but make me be an advocate.”

Biden defeated Harris in the 2020 Democratic primary before choosing her as a running mate. Her vice presidency got off to an uneven start with Republicans pouncing on her gaffes.

Over the last year, the White House has deployed her on the offensive to counter political opponents, condemning book bans and new reproductive health restrictions.

Harris frequently appears in front of audiences of color and young voters, which polls show are among the most disillusioned blocs of the Democratic base.

Last week, she went viral online when she encouraged an audience of young Asian Americans to “kick that f—— door down” in pursuit of their careers.

The vice president has made more trips to competitive Western and Southern states than Biden this year, particularly North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada. Each has a high percentage of Latino or Black voters.

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“She is engaging communities that have not been engaged,” US Senator Laphonza Butler, a California Democrat, said in an interview.

Trump leads Biden 48% to 44% across the seven swing states, according to the poll. His lead over Biden is widest in North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia. They’re tied in Nevada.

Among possible White House aspirants, Harris led with 45% of swing-state voters supporting her if Biden dropped out before November. Whitmer and Buttigieg were the next at 36%, followed by Newsom at 32%, Moore at 23% and Pritzker at 21%.

Meanwhile, if Trump were unable to continue his campaign, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who Trump beat in the GOP primary, was the top alternative at 40%. Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, the runner-up to Trump in the Republican primary, was at 38%.

Trump hasn’t yet chosen a running mate. Once he does, Harris will no longer be measured against “an abstraction or an ideal of what a vice president should be,” vice-presidential scholar Joel Goldstein said. “She’s going to be measured or viewed as against whoever he picks.”


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Harris’ events are often shaped by closed-door conversations with individuals outside her orbit, according to a person familiar with the strategy.

Earn Your Leisure podcast hosts Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings joined Hughley, along with rapper Fat Joe and other influential men, for dinner at Harris’ residence in November, according to people familiar with the event.

The discussion, along with a gathering of young entrepreneurs of color last May, help spur ideas for Harris’ “Economic Opportunity” tour underway. The podcasting duo moderated the first stop in Atlanta last month.

The tour aims to reach Black men — who Trump and Republicans are courting — by emphasizing resources to build wealth.

“She can connect more readily with the audience that’s most problematic for Democrats than almost anyone else can,” Cornell Belcher, a Democratic pollster, said. “I would argue that is a really smart way to use her.”


Updated: 7-2-2024

Kamala Harris’ Odds of Winning Democratic Nomination Surge On Polymarket


Kamala Harris: Past, Present And Future

Supporters are calling on the vice president to step up following boss Biden’s doddering debate debacle.

Vice President Kamala Harris’ odds of becoming the Democratic nominee for president this year more than quadrupled on Tuesday, according to traders on Polymarket, the crypto-based prediction market platform that’s seen torrid growth in an election year.

“Yes” shares in a contract asking whether she will get the nod traded as high as 31 cents in the afternoon New York time, indicating the market saw a 31% chance it will happen, up from 7% earlier in the day. The shares retraced some gains and recently traded at 23 cents.

Each share pays out $1 (in USDC, a stablecoin, or cryptocurrency pegged to the U.S. dollar) if the prediction comes true, and zero if not.

Officially, President Joe Biden is still the presumptive Democratic nominee. But many supporters are calling on him to step aside, and some of them want Harris to step up following her boss’s doddering performance at last week’s debate with former commander-in-chief and almost-certain Republican standard-bearer Donald J. Trump.

“We should do everything we can to bolster her, whether it’s in second place or the top of the ticket,” Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C, said on television Tuesday.

A Newsweek op-ed by former Congressman Tim Ryan, the first presidential candidate to endorse Biden in 2020, was more blunt: “Kamala Harris Should Be the Democratic Nominee for President in 2024.” An analysis by The Wall Street Journal called Harris “Biden’s Likeliest Replacement.”

The trend was similar Tuesday on PredictIt, a more traditional prediction market platform where bets are settled in dollars rather than crypto. “Yes” shares for Harris there more than doubled to 35 cents.

PredictIt’s volume on the question of who will win the Democratic nomination totals $31 million, dwarfed by Polymarket at $75 million.

Under a settlement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Polymarket is barred from doing business in the U.S., whereas PredictIt is allowed to operate in the country under a regulatory exemption.

Tuesday was Polymarket’s fifth-largest volume day in its four-year history, with $5.7 million in trading, according to Dune Analytics data. June was the first month Polymarket saw more than $100 million in volume.

Its largest contract by far, with $211 million in bets, asks who will win the U.S. presidency in November. Trump remains the favorite, with a 66% chance of victory.

Meanwhile, KAMA, a meme coin named after the vice president, rallied Tuesday, more than doubling in price over 24 hours to $0.007815.


Why Kamala Harris Would Be Biden’s Likeliest Replacement

If the president ends his re-election bid, his vice president would be the clear front-runner to lead the Democratic ticket—despite her own political weaknesses.

WASHINGTON—Vice President Kamala Harris is under a fresh spotlight as Democrats buzz about who should replace President Biden were he to drop his re-election bid.

So far, Biden has shown no interest in exiting the race following a halting debate performance that raised questions about his age and abilities. But while some Democrats ponder a variety of governors or lawmakers who could step in as nominee, the likeliest alternative to the current ticket remains one led by Harris.

While that path carries risk because Harris’s poll numbers are nearly as lackluster as Biden’s, she is popular enough among Democrats—particularly among women and Black voters—that casting her aside could cause resentment and division within the party.

“This lady is ready to be president. She really earned her stripes,” said Keith Williams, chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus. “I would be angry if you try to leapfrog over a vice president.”

Since the debate, Harris has emerged as Biden’s strongest public defender. Immediately after Biden’s poor performance against former President Donald Trump, she did several interviews trying to tone down the panic quickly spreading among Democrats.

She then embarked on a cleanup tour on behalf of Biden, telling voters, donors and some celebrities to look past the debate and judge the president on his record.


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The election wouldn’t be decided by “one night in June,” she told voters in Las Vegas, giving a lengthy defense of the president. “In a real leader, character matters more than style,” she said. “Trump does not have the character to be the president.”

Harris also countered Trump’s debate responses on abortion rights and the Jan. 6, 2021, riots in a clearer way than Biden did at the debate, while vouching for the president’s abilities. “In the Oval Office, negotiating bipartisan deals, I see him in the situation room keeping our country safe,” she said.

Biden and his team have made clear he plans to stay in the race. “President Biden is our nominee, Vice President Harris is our running mate, and we will win this November,” said campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz.

Top campaign officials briefed donors in a call Monday evening. A person familiar with the call said the campaign stressed that Biden knows he needs to do better after the debate and that they plan to have him out more.

They pledged to stay the course, arguing that voters still care about issues like abortion and democracy and don’t want a return to Trump. Asked how they would respond if polls dip, the person said there wasn’t much of an answer beyond noting that polls fluctuate. Several donors on the call said they weren’t reassured.

Harris and her allies, meanwhile, are being careful to show their loyalty to the president, according to people close to Harris. The vice president will maintain her travel schedule and make the case for Biden, addressing any concerns about the debate at every stop.

The Democratic National Committee intends to formally nominate Biden as their party’s presidential nominee with the help of a virtual roll call weeks before their Chicago convention in August, a move that would allow the president to appear on the ballot in Ohio.

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If Biden were to exit from the race before the nomination, Harris would have some advantages in the field of Democrats who are seen as contenders, which includes names such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore and Sens. Raphael Warnock, of Georgia, and Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota.

As Biden’s running mate, Harris would be able to use the money already raised by Biden’s campaign committee. The vice president would also have some key endorsements, including from influential Rep. Jim Clyburn (D., S.C.).

“I’m a Biden-Harris person, OK?” Clyburn said after Thursday’s debate. “So I’m not getting away from that. I’m going to be for Biden, if Harris ain’t there, and I’ll be for Harris, if Biden ain’t there.”

Donna Brazile, political strategist and former interim DNC chair, also said that if there were an effort to bypass Harris, “there would be an uproar.”

“Joe Biden placed her on the ticket for a reason and they won in 2020,” she said. “Any attempt to try to change a horse after the voters have selected the team they want to see on the team, there would be total chaos.”

It isn’t clear that Harris, as her party’s presidential nominee, would satisfy the many Americans who say they are looking for an alternative to Biden and Trump. Several surveys earlier this year and last year found Harris performing about the same as Biden when tested against Trump.

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But a CNN poll released on Tuesday found Harris trailing Trump by 2 percentage points in a hypothetical matchup, a better showing than Biden, who trailed Trump by 6 points in the poll. Trump’s leads in both cases were within the poll’s margin of error.

The average of recent polls finds that voter disapproval of Harris outweighs approval by 10 percentage points, whereas that gap is close to 20 points in views of Biden’s job performance.

Liano Sharon, a DNC member from Lansing, Mich., who identifies as a progressive Democrat, said he would like to see Biden step aside for an open process at the convention.

“I think if Biden throws his support behind her that will make for a very divisive convention,” he said of Harris. “It’s ridiculous we’re having this conversation about how difficult this is to do. This is what a party is for.”

If the president stays on the ticket, Harris will be under even more pressure to prove to voters she is ready to serve if needed, given the growing concerns about Biden’s age in the aftermath of the debate.

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Trump’s campaign has already featured Harris in a TV ad emphasizing the president’s age. “You know who’s waiting behind him, right?” the narrator asks in the ad, with a video of Harris on the screen.

The vice president said in an interview earlier this year: “I am ready to serve. There’s no question about that,” Harris responded bluntly. Everyone who sees her on the job, Harris said, “walks away fully aware of my capacity to lead.”

Harris’s aides say the vice president doesn’t need to do anything differently to show voters she is ready for the job.

But in recent months, she has taken more of a public role in the administration, including a greater involvement in adding to her national security portfolio.

Harris has joined Biden on calls with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, given major speeches on the conflict, and pushed administration officials to articulate more empathy for Palestinians and to focus on a postconflict Gaza plan.


Updated: 7-3-2024

Kamala Harris Is Having A Surprise Resurgence As Biden’s Campaign Unravels


Kamala Harris: Past, Present And Future


The vice president is emerging as the clear alternative should Joe Biden step aside, with polls giving her a better chance against Donald Trump.

Vice President Kamala Harris has long been written off by many fellow Democrats, with her struggles as the second-in-command seeming to dim her prospects of one day becoming president. But as pressure mounts on President Joe Biden to step aside, party members are suddenly seeing her in a new light.

Democrats who are hellbent on keeping Donald Trump from returning to the White House have taken notice of polls released following Biden’s debate collapse showing Harris performing better against the Republican than the incumbent.

As the sitting vice president, she would face fewer practical hurdles than other potential replacements if she becomes the party’s nominee — most importantly, she’d have the ability to tap the sizable war chest Biden has already raised.

She’s also been visible on the world stage, most recently representing the White House at a Ukraine peace summit in Switzerland.



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And while much of the speculation by panicked Democrats initially focused on White governors like California’s Gavin Newsom, Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, or Illinois’ J.B. Pritzker, passing over the first Black, Asian female vice president would risk alienating voters crucial to defeating Trump, her supporters warned.

Suggestions of leaving her off the ticket are “the epitome of an insult to women and the Black community,” said civil rights leader Al Sharpton.

That some Democrats now see Harris, 59, as their best hope of derailing Trump is a remarkable turn of fate for a politician whose unpopularity has been viewed as a key reason why Biden decided to seek a second term at 81 years old.

“Why would you not go with the woman who’s been carrying the vice presidency for four years?” said Melanie Campbell, president of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, who still supports Biden’s run.



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Biden and his allies have steadfastly insisted he plans to continue his campaign, though the president told an ally that he might need to reconsider if he couldn’t improve public opinion with a series of upcoming political events, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden is “absolutely not” considering dropping out. In a New York Times/Siena College poll released Wednesday, Biden trailed Trump by 6 percentage points among likely voters.

There is disbelief within the vice president’s circle that Biden would actually step aside, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Instead, Harris and her team are moving full speed ahead with their efforts to support the president’s reelection — a posture that allows her to avoid accusations of being disloyal as Biden grapples with the worst crisis of his campaign.

In the days following the debate, Harris has acted as a loyal foot soldier, defending Biden in television interviews and speeches to donors and campaign staff. Biden and Harris jointly called in to an all-hands meeting of Biden’s campaign on Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the call.

“Joe Biden is our nominee. We beat Trump once and we’re going to beat him again,” Harris told CBS News outside a San Francisco fundraiser on Tuesday when asked about calls on Biden to quit.

Asked if she is ready to lead the country if necessary, Harris replied, “I am proud to be Joe Biden’s running mate.”

Biden and Harris have spoken on multiple occasions since the debate, according to an administration official, including during a Wednesday lunch at the White House.

Turning to Biden’s No. 2 would in many ways be the natural move if he decides not to seek a second term. Then-Vice President Hubert Humphrey became the Democratic nominee when President Lyndon Johnson withdrew from the 1968 election, though he went on to lose to Richard Nixon.

“Any notion that they’re going to overlook her is just a complete misread,” said Charles Myers, a Democratic fundraiser who still supports Biden. “That’s the whole point of a vice president.”


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On Wall Street, a group of early supporters of Harris’s presidential run in the 2020 election say they’re waiting for the process to play out — but are ready to jump in and fundraise aggressively should she be tapped as the nominee.

One such loyalist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said passing up someone who has already been through the wringer of a presidential primary would be a mistake, and that Republicans would have an opportunity to define a lesser-known governor before they can introduce themselves on a national stage.

“Without question she’s capable of beating Trump,” said Ray McGuire, president of Lazard Inc. and one of the most prominent Wall Street executives to back her run for president several years ago. “She can galvanize the American voter, the woman voter, the Black voter, the religious voter.”

McGuire said he is still backing Biden’s run, but added that Harris is a leader who “understands and respects the importance of business and government and their partnership.”

But Harris has had her share of difficulties throughout her career in national politics, including some self-inflicted wounds.

Her presidential campaign started with lofty expectations, but flamed out before the Iowa caucuses as she struggled to convey a clear message to voters and her operation was plagued by infighting.

As vice president, she had high staff turnover early in her term, with some former aides describing her as a tough boss.

Harris’s speeches have included bizarre moments, like when she recalled her mother telling her “you think you just fell out of a coconut tree?” She came under fire for her role addressing the root causes of migration as crossings at the US-Mexico border surged.

Concerns about Harris have led some Democrats to turn their eyes to a crowded field of heavyweight governors who had positioned themselves for a future national run, including Newsom, Whitmer and Pritzker.

All three are significantly younger than Biden and have built national profiles of their own — and unlike Harris, they don’t carry the baggage of Biden’s economic and political record. Pritzker would have the added advantage of deep pockets that could help fund a White House bid.

If Biden were to step aside and decline to endorse Harris, each of those governors has political operations they could leverage to vie for the nomination at the Democratic convention.

A former Obama administration official who believes it is time for Democrats to move on from Biden said Harris may be the answer, but she is not a perfect one.

Polling released since the debate has offered more encouraging signs for Harris than other possible contenders. A CNN poll conducted after the debate found Harris trailed Trump 45%-47% among registered voters in a hypothetical match-up. Trump led Biden 49%-43%, by comparison.

That’s only a slight difference, but Harris had previously performed worse or as good as the sitting president in most pre-debate polls. She also ran ahead of Newsom, Whitmer and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a theoretical race against Trump in the CNN survey.

Harris has also performed slightly better than Biden in polls among young people and Black voters, said Roshni Nedungadi, chief research officer at the data firm HIT Strategies.

A Democratic operative, who requested anonymity to discuss private conversations, said more Harris skeptics within the party are moving into the “K-Hive”— a nickname for the vice president’s supporters — following the debate.

“Absolutely, Plan B is Kamala Harris,” said Myers, the Democratic fundraiser.



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Harris has helped improve her standing in the White House over the last year with her role speaking out against restrictions on abortion and gun violence, while her staff has stabilized. She has traveled the country to speak to constituencies that Biden is struggling with, including voters of color.

Harris is scheduled to address Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., her college sorority that is a predominantly Black women’s organization, later this month.

South Carolina Democratic Representative Jim Clyburn, one of Biden’s most prominent Black allies and a supporter of Harris, said Wednesday on CNN that he would support an open process to decide a replacement if Biden exits the race. But Clyburn expressed confidence that “Kamala Harris would acquit herself well” in that situation.

Harris would have a unique advantage if the incumbent drops out: The vice president would have legal access to most of the $240 million Biden’s political operation has on hand.

A new candidate wouldn’t have immediate access to all of Biden’s campaign cash, and could start with a balance of zero. Donors who already gave the maximum amount to Biden under US campaign finance law would be allowed to contribute to a new nominee — which could allow a replacement other than Harris to quickly fill their coffers.

Biden has previously indicated he would be supportive of Harris one day running for the Oval Office. In his May commencement address at the historically Black Morehouse College, Biden referred to Harris’s alma mater, Howard University, and her sorority.

“No doubt that a Morehouse man will be president one day, just after an AKA from Howard,” he said.


Updated: 7-6-2024

Is This Kamala Harris’s Moment?


Kamala Harris: Past, Present And Future


The vice president is vigorously defending Biden, but many Democrats also see her as their best backup plan.

WASHINGTON—As President Biden continues to grapple with the fallout from his bad debate against former President Donald Trump, more Democrats are publicly and privately suggesting Vice President Kamala Harris is the only viable replacement if Biden were to bow out of the race.

The president has insisted he will not step aside, arguing he is best positioned to defeat Trump in November.

But Democrats are nonetheless weighing the possibilities ahead, including the prospect that the party might find itself scrambling to nominate a successor if Biden, 81, is unable to overcome the increased skepticism from donors, party strategists and some Democratic lawmakers over his political future.

Those conversations have brought a renewed focus on Harris, her handling of the role of vice president and whether she would fare any better against Trump, 78 years old, than a weakened Biden would.

A document making the case for Harris, 59 years old, written anonymously by senior Democratic operatives who say they have no personal or professional ties to the vice president, has been circulating among Democrats. It argues that she is the “one realistic path out of this mess,” according to a copy viewed by The Wall Street Journal.



While other prominent Democrats might jockey for the nomination even if Biden steps aside and endorses Harris, some within the party are warning about the ramifications of bypassing the first female and first Black vice president, as well as the first of Indian descent.

“She has been a very visible and vocal advocate for this administration,” said civil-rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, a Democrat. “She’s a loyal Democrat. I think the question is whether the Democratic Party will be loyal to women and loyal to Blacks, who have been loyal to them as symbolized by her.”

For Harris’s strongest backers, that it is even a question whether a sitting vice president should be her party’s last-minute replacement at the top of the ticket is the latest sign she has been disrespected in the role. Her detractors, meanwhile, say she hasn’t proved she is up to the task.

An Uneasy Start

Not long after taking office, Biden initially handed Harris a portfolio that centered on two of the most complex issues facing the administration: immigration and voting rights. Both have long been entrenched in partisan politics on Capitol Hill and famously difficult to overhaul through legislation.

In a nod to immigration becoming a bigger political headache for Democrats, Harris began to lead the administration’s tougher rhetoric meant to discourage migrants from illegally crossing the U.S. Southern border.

She also unveiled policies aimed at addressing the root causes of migration—but struggled to distance herself from the politics of migrant surges at the border, which wasn’t part of her mandate. Her efforts included new U.S. economic investments in Central America and measures to tackle corruption in the region.

“You can’t just deal with the symptom of the problem,” Harris said of her role in the opening months of the administration. “You have to figure out what caused it to happen.”


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Harris additionally played a key role in building coalitions around the issue of protecting voting rights, a priority for Democrats and the Biden administration when it took office. But efforts to enact legislation were stymied early on when two moderate Democrats—Sens.

Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona—refused to support a weakening of the chamber’s rules that would have enabled the party to overcome Republican opposition and pass election-reform bills with a simple majority vote.

“We’re not going to give up,” Harris said at the time. “This is literally about the future of our country in terms of its democracy.”

Missteps in high-profile interviews led to doubts—which have lingered—among some Democrats about Harris’s effectiveness. Some felt a trip Harris took to Central America early in her tenure was overshadowed by a televised interview in which she stumbled over a question about why she hadn’t yet visited the Southern border.

Harris’s backers have long argued she has been subject to more criticism and scrutiny in her role in part because she is the first woman and first Black person to hold the job.

Pushing Back On Antiabortion Efforts

Many believe she found her voice as the administration’s lead messenger on abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, in a decision known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

“Her performance as vice president has improved markedly over the last two years,” said Jamal Simmons, a former communications director for Harris. “You can divide her vice presidency clearly in half between pre- and post-Dobbs. What Dobbs did was give the vice president’s office a focus that became evident to everyone paying attention and was helpful in the Democrats having a surprisingly successful midterms in 2022.”

The vice president has held a score of events focused on protecting reproductive rights, often using her platform to assail Republican efforts to curb abortion access through the courts and state legislatures.

While Biden has also emphasized the issue at campaign events across the country, the president had been somewhat of a more reluctant messenger on abortion, as a practicing Catholic who had previously described his position on abortion as “middle of the road.”



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Some Democrats grew to see reproductive rights as a more natural fit for Harris, a former prosecutor who dealt with sexual-violence cases.

Harris has often spoken of women’s suffering in a deeply personal and visceral tone, recounting her meetings with some who had been turned away from emergency rooms and miscarried in toilets.

“This is a healthcare crisis, and we all know who to blame: Donald Trump,” Harris said last month while marking the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, at a campaign event in College Park, Md.

The vice president has made more than 60 trips to 20 states since January, according to her office. Next week, Harris is set to travel to New Orleans, Las Vegas, Dallas and Indianapolis as part of direct outreach to key constituencies that include Black Americans, women and young people, her office has said.

A Defender of Biden

Since the debate, Harris has been one of the biggest, if not the biggest, Biden defender. She took to CNN not long after Biden and Trump got off the stage, arguing that a bad performance shouldn’t outweigh what she called an otherwise successful presidency.

That was the line other Democrats would later tack to in defending Biden—including, eventually, the president himself.

“I’m not going to let one 90-minute debate wipe out 3½ years of work,” he said Friday during a campaign stop.

But almost instantly after the debate, Democratic donors and lawmakers privately fretted about whether Biden should be replaced on the ticket. Then those concerns spilled into the public the week after, with at least two lawmakers publicly calling for him to withdraw from the nomination.

Representatives for the vice president’s office and the Biden campaign didn’t respond to requests for comment.



Kamala Harris: Past, Present And Future


The case for Harris, some Democrats say, is that a protracted and public fight over the nomination, were Biden to bow out of the race, would be a major distraction.

Plus, some Democrats argue, in addition to her name recognition compared with alternatives, they note Harris would be uniquely positioned to inherit Biden’s campaign war chest and make for the most seamless transition.

A Wall Street Journal poll taken after the debate found 80% of voters believe Biden is too old to run for a second term, an increase from 73% in a February poll. The survey didn’t test whether other Democrats would present a stronger challenge to Trump than Biden has so far.

But some 35% of respondents viewed Harris favorably compared with 58% who viewed her unfavorably, putting her approval rating roughly in line with views of the president.

“It is very difficult for a vice president to ever be seen, as long as they are the vice president, as their own voice separate from the president,” said Democratic strategist Karen Defilippi. She said Harris’s numbers might change if she was standing as a candidate on her own.

Nearly three-quarters of Democrats held a favorable view of Harris, compared with 21% who viewed her unfavorably. Among Black voters, 58% viewed her favorably compared with 32% who viewed her unfavorably; and among young voters, about a third viewed Harris favorably compared with 60% who viewed her unfavorably.

Mike Bocian, a Democratic pollster from the firm GBAO, who jointly conducted the survey with Republican David Lee of Fabrizio Lee, said it wasn’t uncommon for a vice president and president to hold similar approval ratings among different subsets of voters.

Because her standing in polling appears just as weak as Biden’s, Democrats behind closed doors have been floating other names of a possible replacement. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg are among the biggest names Democrats have privately floated.

Like Harris, they have largely defended Biden following the debate and deferred to his decision to carry on with his campaign.

The vice president has reaffirmed her support for Biden during calls with apprehensive Democratic Party leaders while underscoring his ability to bounce back from moments of political upheaval, according to people familiar with the matter.

Joining Biden on an all-staff call with their campaign on Wednesday, Harris delivered a similarly defiant message in Biden’s favor.

“Joe Biden has devoted his life to fighting for the people of our country. And in this moment, I know all of us are ready to fight for him,” Harris said, according to a person familiar with her remarks.



Kamala Harris: Past, Present And Future


She made an equally impassioned call at a meeting with Biden and Democratic governors Wednesday to underscore the importance of party unity and standing behind Biden.

“This is about saving our f—ing democracy,” Harris said, according to people familiar with the comment.

If Biden were to drop his bid for a second term, a possible endorsement of Harris by the president could dramatically increase her odds of taking his place on the ticket.

She would still have to secure the support of party delegates, but Biden’s blessing would likely help her rally support.

Such a scenario would mark the culmination of a moment long anticipated since Biden became the oldest president to be sworn into office in 2021.

“People are looking for some new generational leadership, and we’ve got a very accomplished vice president,” said former Rep. Tim Ryan, an Ohio Democrat who has publicly called for Harris to replace Biden as the party’s presidential nominee. “To me, it just makes a lot of sense to give her the opportunity.”


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