In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Vice President Kamala Harris confidently declared her readiness to lead the United States amidst growing concerns about President Joe Biden’s mental acuity. The Vice President boldly asserted, “There’s no question about that,” leaving no doubt in the minds of Americans about her capability to take charge.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 12, 2024
Special counsel Robert Hur’s report, which raised doubts about Biden’s memory and described him as an “elderly man with a poor memory,” has sparked widespread worry among both Republicans and Democrats. As the 81-year-old Biden faces a crucial reelection campaign and his potential GOP opponent, the vigorous 77-year-old former President Donald Trump, the stakes are undeniably high.
Vice President Harris took a firm stand against Hur’s report, denouncing it as “gratuitous, inaccurate, and inappropriate.” However, despite her defense of the President, Harris’s own vulnerabilities, such as her high disapproval ratings and unsteady political track record as Vice President, cast doubts on her suitability as Biden’s successor. With the 2024 campaign spotlight shining brightly on her, Harris faces intensified scrutiny and pressure, especially in the wake of the special counsel’s report.
Harris’s role has been thrust into the forefront of the Biden campaign’s focus on abortion issues—a strategic move that salvaged losses during the 2022 midterms and provided a much-needed boost to the party during the 2023 off-year elections. Nevertheless, other prominent Democrats, including Governors Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, and J.B. Pritzker, have emerged as potential contenders should Biden be unable to fulfill his presidential duties for another four years.
Despite the mounting concerns over Biden’s fitness for office, it appears highly unlikely that the Democrats will oust Biden as their presidential nominee during the upcoming convention. However, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has wasted no time in asserting that another Biden presidency would essentially pave the way for a Harris presidency. With the eruption of the Hur report, these attacks are poised to intensify, setting the stage for Harris to potentially become the central issue in the upcoming election, as noted by GOP strategist Scott Jennings.