Vice President Kamala Harris once again tried to answer questions that could change the Democratic presidential ticket in 2024 – this time calling the speculation that he and President Biden would part ways “gossip”.
Harris also said he had not read a recent article in the New York Times in which Biden suggested removing him from the ticket in favor of MP Liz Cheney (R-Vyo).
“Will we see a similar Democratic ticket in 2024?” NBC correspondent Craig Melvin asked Harris in an interview aired on Thursday’s show on Thursday.
“Sorry, we’re thinking about today,” Harris said after a pause. “Honestly, I know why you’re asking this question, because it’s part of the experts and gossip in places like Washington, DC.
“Let me tell you something. We focused on what was in front of us. We are focusing on what we need to do to address issues such as low-cost childcare and what we need to do to ensure this.
“So there was no conversation about 2024?” Said Melvin.
“The American people sent us here to work, and there’s a lot of work that needs to be done now,” Harris said. “And that’s my focus, sincerely.”
“There was some talk about Biden-Cheney’s ticket, probably in 2024. Did you read that article?” Melvin asked.
“I … I didn’t. No, I didn’t. And I really couldn’t have paid much attention to high-level gossip on these issues,” Harris said.
New York Times commentator Thomas Friedman this week suggested that Biden replace Harris with Cheney, which caused a great deal of ridicule on social media. Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and the deputy chairman of the House Electoral Committee investigating the riots at the Capitol.
Cheney is a staunch enemy of former President Donald Trump, who says he could run again in 2024.
“We need to get rid of weak members of Congress, not so good Liz Cheney,” Trump said in a speech shortly before the Jan. 6, 2021 riots.
Trump vetoed a $ 740 billion defense bill in the last month of his presidency after Cheney imposed restrictions on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, Germany and South Korea.
On Thursday, Harris was not the first to try to avoid discussing the 2024 election. In an interview with the Wep Street Journal last month, he and Biden said they had not discussed whether to run together for re-election. He also said he did not know if the 79-year-old Biden would run for a second term.
“I tell you this without any ambiguity: we are not talking and have not talked about re-election because we have not finished the first year and we are in the middle of a pandemic,” he said.
Asked if he believed Biden would run again in the newspaper, Harris said, “I’m telling you the truth: I don’t think about it and we haven’t talked about it.”
Biden said he intends to run again if he completes his second term, despite turning 86.
“If I was in good health – in good health – I would actually be a candidate again,” Biden said last month.
If the incumbent does not want to be re-elected for a second term, Harris will be the main candidate to run for the Democratic Party in 2024.
According to a December poll by Politico and Morning Consult, Harris has 31 percent of the primary vote from the Democratic Party, followed by Transport Minister Pete Buttigi with 11 percent and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) 8. with a percentage of votes. According to a poll released by The Hill and HarrisX in November, Harris had only 13 percent support, while former First Lady Michelle Obama had 10 percent. All other candidates were less than 5 percent in the poll.
Harris ’relatively low approval rating – which is only 39.1 percent against Biden’s 41.8 percent – prompted him to talk about the 2024 proposal of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, which failed in 2016 this month.
Harris recently experienced staff turnover due to reports that he was a tough boss. At the same time, his allies are unhappy that Biden has been given tough tasks such as reducing illegal immigration from Central America and pushing for electoral reform laws that are unlikely to be passed due to opposition from Senate centrists to reduce the usual 60-vote requirement for bills to 50. voices.