Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) attends the sitting of the Senate Committee on Internal Security and Government Affairs to examine Customs and Border Protection, focusing on the evolving challenges that facing the agency, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, June 25, 2020.
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Some of Joe Biden̵7;s allies are campaigning behind the scenes to stop Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif, from becoming his vice president.
This disgusting group of at least a dozen Biden supporters, including some of its top donors, launched the movement against Harris close to a month ago, a few weeks before an expected decision, according to people with direct knowledge of the issue. . Many who spoke to CNBC declined to be named as these efforts were made in private.
In some cases, her enemies have taken their concerns directly to members of the search committee of the VP of Biden, led by former Sen. Chris Dodd, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rep. . Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del, and Cynthia Hogan, who previously served as attorneys for the alleged Democratic nominee when he was vice president under President Barack Obama.
Although none of these actions mean Biden will drop Harris off the list, the movement gives an idea in the effort it is making to step down its candidacy.
Some remain bitter about her attacks on Biden during primary debates last year, saying they question her loyalty to the former vice president. Others argue that she is overly ambitious and that she is only focused on becoming president herself. Many of these Biden associates were pushing alternatives to Harris, such as Rep Val Val Demings, D-Fla, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif, former U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.
A group of donors tried similar tactics earlier this year against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, who openly said she would accept the offer to be Biden’s vice president.
Representatives for Biden and Harris did not return a request for comment.
Biden said during a press conference on Tuesday that he will be making his final decision next week. At the time of his remarks, he was holding a set of notes that appeared to vote for Harris. The document was captured in a photo taken by the Associated Press. His apparent decision to stay with Harris came after Politico detailed some of the concerns Biden supporters expressed about becoming her VP, including Dodd himself, who allegedly told a donor he was cut off when she appeared. who had no regrets about attacking Biden’s previous position on an integrated bus in last year’s debate.
John Morgan, a Florida businessman and group, admitted to CNBC that he privately expressed his concern about Harris to those trying to guide Biden on his eventual selection.
“She was going to run for president on the day of the inauguration,” Morgan said Wednesday. “For me loyalty and friendship have to mean something. But as Bill Clinton once told me, the number one cause of Alzheimer’s is ambition,” he added, noting that he is in favor of Demings.
“I think a nice number of people closest to Joe are pushing against Kamala, including me,” a Chicago-based businessman who claimed Biden told CNBC. “I don’t like and I don’t like the way she campaigned. She seems not very loyal and opportunistic.”
A California-based political operator who was previously raising money for Harris ’presidential campaign, explained the move would improve her VP’s likelihood of even being made by Biden allies in her home state.
“A lot of people here are taking a chance to take pothots,” this person said.
But, despite the efforts, Harris still seems to be at the top level of job candidates.
Predict It, a prediction betting site that tracks political events, shows Harris ahead of the VP’s other options.
In Biden’s notes defending her, he described Harris as “talented,” “a great help to the campaign” and that he has “great respect for her.”
Harris has also been a leading voice when it comes to fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
In a recent op-ed published in USA Today, Harris criticized President Donald Trump and Republicans for their response to Covid-19.
“People across the country are calling on the president and his Republicans in Congress to approach these crises with the seriousness they deserve, recognize their wrong steps and work on behalf of the people who sent them f ‘Washington,’ she said. “If they can’t, it’s time for them to step aside and let the real leaders lead.”
Trump himself told reporters Wednesday that he believes Harris will be a “nice choice” to be Biden’s leadership appointment.
Notes from Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden refer to Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Among other things while speaking at a campaign event at the Anderson “Hicks” Community Center Anderson in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
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