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Vice President Kamala Harris is reportedly spending more time at her Los Angeles home now than she previously did in order to escape increasing bipartisan “scorn and criticism” for failing to address several key issues, such as record migration at the US-Mexico border, which was supposed to be high on her priority list.
The Los Angeles Times published an in-depth article about Harris and how she continues to fly back to California every chance she gets to “hide out” from “scorn and criticism.”
The report noted that Harris’ apparent lack of authority on Capitol Hill in negotiating accords has also been a concern, given that she was a California senator before becoming vice president in 2020. Such difficulties have fueled discussion about whether President Joe Biden may replace her on his 2024 ticket, the report noted.
The profile begins: “In a city full of celebrities and A-listers, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff’s presence is hard to escape. For Harris, the temptation to abandon Washington, where she faces Republican derision and criticism within her own party, for downtime at home has been tough to satisfy in recent years.”
“While President Biden has a near-weekly habit of returning home to neighboring Delaware, a taxpayer-funded cross-country journey to Los Angeles is more difficult to justify unless it is for official business. Harris’ excursions back to Los Angeles are frequently disguised as an event to celebrate a local small business or a stop to raise awareness about one of her legislative priorities, such as black maternal healthcare or reproductive rights,” the LA Times added.
Earlier this month, Harris responded to several polls that showed former President Donald Trump leading Biden in both hypothetical presidential matchups and battleground states, admitting that the president is in political trouble.
“We’re going to have to earn our re-elect, there’s no doubt about it,” Harris said when asked about several recent 2024 polls showing Biden trailing Trump in several battleground states.
“It is absolutely right in a democracy with free and fair elections that the candidates, the people who want to continue in leadership, have to make their case and have to make it effectively. That means communicating in such a way that the message is received about our accomplishments and what we care about. I have a great sense of duty and responsibility to do as much as I can, to be where the people are, and to not only speak with them but listen to them and let them know what we’ve accomplished,” Harris added.
Following news that Harris intended to interact with TikTok influencers and cover for them while on the campaign trail, CNN revealed that Harris has had trouble communicating and crafting messages.
During an interview on “60 Minutes” last week, Harris guaranteed Biden’s re-election after being asked why the president was neck and neck with Trump.
CBS’ Bill Whitaker questioned the vice president about why she and Biden were polling so close to Trump despite the former president’s ongoing legal problems.
“The Biden-Harris ticket is running neck and neck with Donald Trump. Why are you not 30 points ahead?” Whitaker asked.
Harris stated that she is not a political pundit, but that the choice will be clear when Americans vote on Election Day next year.
“Bill, we’re going to win. Let me just tell you that. We’re going to win. I’m aware and I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. But we will win,” she said.
“You say that with such conviction,” Whitaker responded.
“I have no doubt, but I also have no doubt it’s going to be a lot of work. And everyone’s going to have to participate. This is a democracy,” she continued. “I look at it more as let’s keep getting out there. And, as with any election, we got to make our case to the American people. That’s part of our responsibility. And that’s this process. And that’s what it is. And that’s a fair process.”