The Democratic candidacy for president “is not Kamala Harris’ to seize,” according to ABC panelists, if Vice President Biden decides not to run for reelection in 2024.
According to Jonathan Karl of ABC and Yvette Simpson, CEO of Democracy for America, who appeared on “This Week” on Sunday, according to Fox News, Vice President Kamala Harris would not be the next in line for the Democratic nomination if President Biden elected not to run for reelection in 2024.
Host George Stephanopoulos said the “grumblings” that had been noticed from the Democrat Party about Biden running again as his approval remains in the 30s.
“I think he should not run. I mean, you know, his numbers are really low, overwhelmingly the poll came out that Democrats don’t want him to run,” Simpson said.
“When folks rallied around him to be the president, the expectation [was] he wouldn’t run again, that he would empower someone to run. Who that person would be, I don’t know,” Simpson went on.
“You don’t say Kamala Harris is the heir apparent?” Stephanopoulos asked. Simpson responded, saying that Harris “should be” but that she should feel “empowered.”
“She’s powerful, she’s young, she’s able to get the energy, but we have not seen her strong and I don’t know why the Biden administration didn’t position her that way,” the guest said. “It has to be her because it would be an outrage to skip over the vice president, especially the first African American and Asian female vice president. But they have to do a lot of work to get her in the seat so that we can see her powerful,” she said.
She argued that the Biden administration has to put more effort into giving Harris more time in the spotlight and claimed that Biden is “clearly beaten” and has broken his campaign-trail pledges.
There is “no question,” Stephanopoulos said, that the talk around Biden in 2024 “drives the White House nuts.” Stephanopoulos then moved to Karl. The president is expected to run for reelection in 2024, according to the White House.
“You talk to Democrats privately, key Democrats on Capitol Hill, leaders in the party, and there’s just trepidation about this,” Karl said.” There is a sense that among many of them that he shouldn’t run, and also if he doesn’t run that the primary is wide open, and it’s not just Kamala Harris’ to take. It could be a very messy Democratic primary,” the guest went on.