Drama surrounding a nominee’s VP pick is nothing new, but Joe Biden’s age has heightened the attention on his looming decision.
Sen. Kamala Harris has been a favorite for the nod for quite some time, both in political chatter and betting markets.
However, a series of articles reporting doubts by some in Biden’s inner circle — particularly following a meeting between Harris one of Biden’s most trusted confidants, former Sen. Chris Dodd — has put Harris in a precarious position.
The crux of the issue goes back to last July when Harris executed a viral critique of Biden in the first debate of the primary, or what Biden’s sister and former longtime campaign manager described as “that T-shirt moment.”
With so many motives at play, this is what you need to know about Harris’ standing as a potential running mate, and why she may not get the job.
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Sen. Kamala Harris has been considered by many pundits to be the favorite to become Joe Biden’s running mate for quite some time.
Yet several recent reports have quoted sources relaying doubts from Biden’s inner circle about Harris, and other options like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice or Rep. Karen Bass — both Black women with extensive experience in the nation’s capital — have seen their stocks rise.
Proponents of Rice and Bass have touted their lack of political ambitions as strengths for either of them serving as a loyal VP pick who can also offer their own policy expertise in the White House — the subtext meaning they won’t be motivated by a potential run in 2024 or 2028 like Harris might.
So what exactly is going on here, and where does Harris stand?
The drama and mystique of a potential VP pick makes the process ripe with innuendo and rumors in the press.
On a near daily basis, the supposed favorite can oscillate from one candidate to another. The reasons why unflattering details on a candidate or other rumors are coming out at a certain time can be confusing for those following the saga from afar.
When it comes to Harris, the crux of the conflict is split between two places in time: the first televised Democratic primary debate last July, and the 2024 presidential race.
As for those who reportedly have reservations about Harris, things get a little murkier, but only a few confidants close to Biden are the ones to watch.
This is what the Kamala drama is all about.
The ‘inner circle’
The big story this week has been about a meeting Harris had with one of Biden’s closest advisers and best friends, former Sen. Chris Dodd.
Dodd, who championed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, is one of the four members on Biden’s official vice presidential selection committee.
The 76-year-old reportedly had qualms over Harris showing no “remorse” for going after Biden at the debate over his opposition to federally mandated bussing, with the California senator telling Dodd …read more
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