Vice President Kamala Harris accidentally admitted that President Joe Biden's reelection campaign has an uphill climb if he hopes to retain the White House in 2024, The Hill reported. Harris said this in her unscripted remarks to the press Wednesday.
The vice president was giving a postmortem for Election Night returns that favored Democrats and their agenda. As she spoke to a handful of reporters outside the West Wing, Harris let it slip that they have "a lot of work to do" in the coming presidential election.
"It was a good night, and the president and I obviously have a lot of work to do to earn our reelection, but I’m confident we’re going to win," Harris said. Republicans took a beating in key races, losing on critical political issues and candidates in the election.
Democrats in Virginia took control of the state legislature, which isn't good for GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin's agenda. Prospects were similarly bleak in Kentucky, where Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear was re-elected despite the state's history as a solidly Republican stronghold.
The most significant blow came in Ohio, where voters approved legalizing marijuana and ensuring abortion through state constitutional amendments. Democrats are enjoying success with abortion back on the table after Roe v. Wade was overturned in June 2022.
Harris called Nov. 8 a "good night" after states enshrined the right to kill babies in the womb. "As the American people made clear, they are prepared to stand for freedom and for the individual freedoms and the promise of freedom in America, and by extension, it was a good night for democracy," the vice president boasted.
"I think that if you look at, from the midterms to last night, from California to Kansas, Ohio to Virginia, the voters said, look, the government should not be telling women what to do with their bodies." White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre similarly celebrated the results.
The White House is publicly considering the wins on abortion a mandate for the Democratic agenda. However, as Harris let slip, Biden is wildly unpopular and is losing to former President Donald Trump in an increasing number of polls.
"We have always said that voting matters and polls do not," Jean-Pierre claimed. "Our focus is going to remain [on] our work to grow the economy, lower costs for families, and protect fundamental freedoms against dangerous agendas that are out of touch with the American people."
While Jean-Pierre spews these talking points about improving the lives of Americans, the reality of Bidenomics is entirely different. Iowa GOP Rep. Randy Feenstra summed up the utter decimation Biden's economic policies have caused in a Fox News opinion piece.
"Spending trillions of taxpayer dollars on liberal nonsense plunged our economy into chaos, fueled 40-year-high inflation, and decimated American household wealth. Biden’s failed economic policies – which he has coined 'Bidenomics' – have created uncertainty and headaches for our small businesses, forced families to dip into their savings to keep up with rising prices, and raised operating costs for our farmers," Feenstra wrote.
"In short, Bidenomics fueled the worst affordability crisis for American families in decades," he added. Feenstra went on to point out all of the ways Americans are paying more while making less money, with everything from gas and food prices to loans costing more.
"Biden’s wasteful spending policies have hurt American families, bankrupted our country, and weakened our economy. We need to stop printing trillions of dollars and overturn the Biden administration’s costly executive orders that have decimated domestic energy development and exacerbated the affordability crisis facing hardworking Americans," he added.
The Democrats may have pulled out some wins, but the general election will be more difficult considering Biden will be on the ballot this time. They all know it, but Harris is the only one to say the quiet part out loud.