Kamala Harris is not entertaining the thought of becoming Joe Biden’s running mate, in fact, her repose to the idea is very entertaining: “Maybe it should be the other way around,” she said Wednesday, given Biden’s experience in the No. 2 job.
But inside her actual campaign and among her allies, the idea is not a laughing matter. They’re upset by the suggestion, privately saying that it’s demeaning to a woman of color and perpetuates an unfair critique that she’s somehow not prepared for the job she’s actually seeking.
“It’s infuriating,” a Harris confidant said several days before the idea began taking hold in the media.
Since then, the voices of Democrats looking at her run and concluding she’d be perfect as Biden’s running mate has rapidly gone from whisper campaign to national conversation. They include some fans of Harris. Last week, members of the influential Congressional Black Caucus floated Biden and Harris as a “dream ticket.”
On Wednesday, Harris joked that Biden would make a fine running mate, rounding out a ticket on which she’s at the top: “As vice president, he’s proven that he knows how to do the job,” Harris told reporters after her town hall in Nashua, N.H.
Harris’ spot as a VP in a possible Biden-Harris duo is partly a product of the former vice president’s big lead in early polling. Privately, her aides and confidants say that it’s far too early to entertain a vice presidential run and that the idea only diminishes her candidacy.
Ian Sams, a campaign spokesman, told POLITICO, “She’s running for president, period, and she intends to win.” Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, sent nearly an identical tweet.
“Kamala Harris is seeking the office of the presidency — period,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “She is qualified, more than capable to lead this country and has never lost an election.”