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 July 4, 2024

Growing Number Of House Democrats Eye Kamala Harris As Biden's Successor

Amidst recent electoral uncertainties, discussions emerge among Democrats considering Vice President Kamala Harris as a potential candidate if President Joe Biden withdraws.

Fox News reported that following President  Biden's underwhelming debate performance last week, a dialogue has surfaced within the Democratic Party about the prospects of Vice President Kamala Harris stepping in should Biden decide to not seek reelection.

It was about a week ago when President Biden participated in a presidential debate that was widely regarded as lackluster, stirring speculation and concern among some Democrats.

This performance prompted discussions on whether Biden should continue his campaign or pass the baton to his vice president, Kamala Harris, positioning her as a potential successor.

Several Democrats, both sitting and former, have voiced differing opinions regarding this scenario. While some emphasize continuity and support for the Biden-Harris ticket, others suggest that preparing Harris for a possible top-ticket role would be prudent.

Rep. Summer Lee Vocalizes Support For Harris

Representative Summer Lee highlighted the need for swift action if Biden decides against continuing his campaign.

Appearing on "Mornings with Zerlina," Lee stressed the lack of time for a traditional primary process and pointed to Vice President Harris as a "sitting right there" solution.

Lee warned against bypassing a demographic shift and labeled ignoring this population as potentially dangerous. Her comments underline the tensions and urgency within the party as they navigate these uncertain times.

In his statement on "MSNBC Reports," Representative Jim Clyburn reiterated his support for the ongoing Biden-Harris collaboration while emphasizing the importance of bolstering Harris whether she maintains her current role or ascends to the candidacy.

White House and Other Personalities Weigh In

Despite these swirling conversations, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre assured the public that President Biden has no plans to drop out of the race.

She praised Harris’s significant contributions to the administration, describing her as "the future of the party."

However, voices like Representative Lloyd Doggett have been more direct, urging President Biden to consider stepping down from the race.

Meanwhile, Representatives Jared Golden and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez expressed concerns about Biden's performance against Trump, fearing it might not be competitive enough.

Former Representative Tim Ryan, through an op-ed, lent his open support for Harris as the 2024 presidential nominee, demonstrating the split perspectives among current and former Democratic representatives.

Funding and Political Landscape

If Biden were to withdraw, Harris would inherit a substantial campaign fund, providing her with a strong starting point for a potential campaign.

This financial aspect is crucial as it gives her a significant head start over other candidates.

Other possible candidates mentioned include California Governor Gavin Newsom, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. Each brings their own set of strengths to the table, creating a broad field of potential successors.

The political landscape is currently rife with speculation and strategic positioning, as various potential candidates could emerge depending on Biden's final decision.

The Democratic Party stands at a crucial juncture, with substantial decisions ahead impacting not only the upcoming election but also the broader political strategy and identity of the party.


The developments in the coming weeks are likely to further clarify Joe Biden's position and the role Kamal Harris might play in the upcoming electoral cycle.

This situation requires close observation as it unfolds, given its significance to both national and international political dynamics.

The discussions and decisions made now will set the foundational strategy for Democrats as they prepare for the challenges ahead in the 2024 presidential race.

In conclusion, the Democratic Party, steered by both newer and veteran voices, considers a strategic pivot that may place Kamala Harris at the forefront of presidential candidacy amidst President Biden’s debated continuation in the race. With various opinions and scenarios in play, the upcoming decisions will significantly shape the political landscape.

Written By:
Christina Davie

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