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Rumors: Biden May Not Run in 2024; And If He Does, Harris May Be Off The Ticket

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Rumors are rampant that Vice President Kamala Harris could be off the Democrat ticket in 2024 if President Joe Biden campaigns for the presidency again.

Professor Jason Nichols lamented that  “we are stuck with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris” today but that the president may be able to “change that” as he heads into the 2024 election, Newsweek reported.

“It was the meme of the week: Joe’s gotta go. It felt like every liberal news outlet took part in a week of a scathing critique of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, with many even from the President’s own party suggesting he commit to not running in 2024,” Nichols wrote.

“This is not to say that Joe Biden’s presidency has been entirely successful. Many feel he has been unable to secure important legislative victories or fulfill campaign promises, despite having a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. President Biden also failed to secure voting rights or police reform, both big issues for African Americans, who also happen to be the Democrats’ most loyal and important voting block,” he added.

And Democrats are concerned that if President Biden decides not to campaign in 2024 that his successor would be Harris who many believe is unelectable, The New York Post reported.

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“Her main problem is not being a woman or mixed race, her problem is she has low ratings just like President Biden,” University of Virginia politics professor Larry Sabato said. “If Biden were riding sky high, she would be doing relatively well as well. She would be seen as a popular successor carrying on a popular president’s mandate.

And donors, who asked The Post to be anonymous so they could say what is on their minds, had similar concerns.

“She seems completely useless. No one involved in this administration should be in the running,” one of the donors said.

Democratic insiders have fretted about Harris’ own bungled 2020 presidential campaign, during which she dropped out in December 2019, with an operation widely derided at the time as disorganized and riven with infighting.

Since being elected, those issues have continued to simmer, with her vice presidential office frequently in the news for staff turnover, with at least a dozen leaving. In April alone she lost her Chief of Staff, Tina Flournoy, and Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Fuchs. Staffers have griped anonymously that the mood internally is “dour,” “chaotic,” and that they are “treated like s—t.”

“She doesn’t know how to build a staff that has a common purpose. You see a lot of her staffers are doing their own thing. There is little guidance from her and it just looks messy all the time and all she can do when asked about it publicly and privately is giggle,” one top staffer on Capitol Hill said.

“I just don’t think people are seeing her as a serous contender,” he said. “If she weren’t the vice president she wouldn’t even been ON the list.”

One Democrat political consultant quickly played the race card to support the vice president.

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“Kamala is a strong black woman, the first elected vice president. Democrats can’t win without having high black turnout. She is a role model and a beacon to millions of people around the country,” the consultant, Chris Coffey, said.

It was days ago that Harris appeared to back away from an earlier statement this week in which she definitively made a prediction about President Joe Biden’s political future.

Asked on Monday to respond to Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C. ) endorsing her potential candidacy in 2024 if Biden forgoes a reelection campaign.

“Joe Biden is running for reelection, and I will be his ticket mate,” Harris told CNN, adding, “Full stop. That’s it.”

But the White House told Harris’s traveling press pool Wednesday that the vice president wanted to clarify comments she made this week about Biden’s 2024 plans, the Washington Examiner noted.

When she was asked again if Biden was definitely running, Harris responded with a less certain tone: “The president intends to run, and if he does, I will be his ticket mate. We will run together.”

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