Top Democrat dodges question over whether Kamala Harris is future of the party

Top Democrat dodges question over whether Kamala Harris is future of the party

Top Democrat dodges question over whether Kamala Harris is future of the party

Jack Walters

By Jack Walters

Published: 26/09/2023

- 11:43

Updated: 26/09/2023

- 11:06

The Vice President’s grip on the Democratic Party is loosening ahead of Joe Biden’s 2024 re-election campaign

A top Democrat has dodged a question over whether Kamala Harris is the future of America’s liberal party.

Jim Clyburn, campaign co-chair for the Biden-Harris 2024 ticket, was unable to categorically answer whether the Vice President is ready for the top job if and when the time comes.

Speaking on Meet the Press, the now Assistant House Democratic Leader was asked if he saw Harris as the future of the Democratic Party.

He said: "I see her as a part of that future absolutely."

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The host interjected: “Is she the future?"

Clyburn continued: "She could very well be. She is running a very good campaign and I look to her as a successor to this president but I also know the history of that as well."

He added: "It’s not a given. You don’t automatically move on up.

"She’ll have to compete with whoever has dreams and aspirations - and I think she will acquit herself well."

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris


President Joe Biden, 80, confirmed he is seeking a second term in late April.

However, Democrats across the US could throw their hat into the ring if the 46th President decides to pull out amid concern about his age and competency.

A recent opinion poll suggests former President Donald Trump is on track to become the second Commander-in-Chief since Grover Cleveland to serve two non-consecutive terms in the Oval Office.

Trump is 10-points ahead of Biden, a new Washington Post-ABC survey has shown.

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But Harris' approval rating is noticeably worse than her bosses.

Commenting on the situation, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told GB News: "I believe she [Kamala Harris] has been his in part biggest saviour.

"If he had an even roughly competent Vice President he would have been out a year ago.

"For some reason, he has terrible approval ratings, hers are worse.

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"But I think we have to be guided here by our constitution.

"The constitution basically tells us we have to remove from office a man who is mentally incompetent.

"We can’t set the precedent that we are going to let a senile person whose brain isn’t working sit.

"She has her oddities and she has strange things about her but as far as I can tell there is no allegation she has any mental illness.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani


"If I’m going to be true to our constitution, I would say he should be removed under the 25th Amendment and she should be President.

"Even though she is probably the last person I’d want to see in that job.

"It’s more consistent with our laws and a much better precedent for the future."

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