Although the search for Joe Biden’s Vice President running mate is over, Kamala Harris still needs to get into the good graces of some of her fellow Democrats.
Fox News says Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is taking aim at Sen. Harris over the California senator’s takedown of former Vice President Joe Biden during the first round of presidential primary debates.
This matter involves Harris and Biden disagreeing on the subject of federally-mandated busing, and how Harris criticized comments by Biden spotlighting his ability to find common ground during the 1970s with segregationist senators with whom he disagreed.
Gabbard says Harris’ “attack” on Biden was meant to accuse him of being a racist”, even though Harris never said that.
Even Biden himself was taken aback by Harris’ debate during the Presidential Debate in 2019.
NBC News reports that Biden said, “I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn’t prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at me. She knew Beau, she knows me,”
Biden currently doesn’t seem to have any regrets about his Vice President pick. From what’s being reported, Harris’ campaign team never really approached the Biden team about it.
Politico says Kamala Harris issued a directive to her supporters: There would be no lobbying campaign to try to influence his pick.
“He knows who I am,” one of her supporters, California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, recalled Harris saying. “I don’t want to put pressure on him. He’ll make the right call.”
Biden was no doubt feeling pressure to pick someone not only who he felt could get him into the Oval Office, but also someone who could actually do the job or even take his place were he elected President.
With open letters from both female and male leaders calling for a Female Black Vice Presidential pick, Biden and his team had to make sure they weighed the needs of the many, with the needs of the Presidency.