Vice President Kamala Harris said she is “ready to serve” in place of President Joe Biden amid fears about his deteriorating abilities in an exclusive interview with the Wall Street Journal.
Harris was presented with the question—namely if she is prepared to make the case to Democratic voters that she is fit to serve as President over concerns among constituents about Biden’s age—on a flight aboard Air Force Two last Tuesday.
“I am ready to serve. There’s no question about that,” Harris replied in a manner that the Journal described as “blunt.” She then claimed that everyone who observes her on the job “walks away fully aware of my capacity to lead.”
“I am ready to serve.” Kamala Harris cited her “capacity to lead” before a special counsel report amplifying concerns about President Biden’s age (clarifies an earlier post, which has been deleted, to say her remarks came before the report’s release) https://t.co/p845AOKq8y
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 12, 2024
This interview took place two days before the release of a Special Counsel report on Biden’s off-site possession of classified documents, which found that Biden could not be held accountable in a hypothetical trial as he has “diminished faculties” and is an “elderly man with a poor memory.”
“There was always going to be a lot of scrutiny and pressure on her in the 2024 campaign, and that moment’s here now,” said Jennifer Palmieri, who has worked as a staffer in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as for Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign. “I think that the special counsel’s report has sort of accelerated that moment.”
According to the Journal, Harris has taken on more responsibilities in the last several weeks. She has stepped into the role of chief communications on the topic of abortion, has become the leader of the administration’s gun control program, and is making greater strides into foreign policy—particularly where Israel and Palestine are concerned.
A hypothetical Harris administration would be more pro-choice and more pro-Palestine than the Biden administration has been so far. Harris has advocated for a greater amount of sympathy for the plight of Palestinians in the White House’s official foreign policy. Additionally, observers believe Biden’s Catholicism has crippled the pro-choice agenda, with him recently angering Democrats by saying he does not support “abortions on demand.”
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