Vice President Kamala Harris said the quiet part aloud in an interview with the Associated Press regarding President Joe Biden’s advanced age and who would run the White House should he win reelection in 2024.
Harris said she “may have to take over” should Biden not finish a second term.
At 80 years old, Biden is widely seen as too old for office. A recent AP-NORC poll showed that 77% of Americans and 69% of Democrats think he’s too old for a second term; he would be 86 if he survives to the end of the potential second term.
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Republican presidential hopefuls claim that a vote for Biden would really end up being a vote for Harris — and not in a good way.
“I see him every day. A substantial amount of time we spend together is in the Oval Office, where I see how his ability to understand issues and weave through complex issues in a way that no one else can, to make smart and important decisions on behalf of the American people have played out,” Harris said.
“And so I will say to you that I think the American people ultimately want to know that their president delivers. And Joe Biden delivers.”
But then Harris described herself as ready to take the job.
“Let us also understand that every vice president — every vice president — understands that when they take the oath they must be very clear about the responsibility they may have to take over the job of being president,” she said.
“I’m no different,” Harris warned.
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