Headline RoundupFebruary 7th, 2023

Top Democrats Unsatisfied with VP Kamala Harris, NYT Report Suggests

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A New York Times article stated, “dozens of Democrats in the White House, on Capitol Hill and around the nation” believe Vice President Kamala Harris has not “risen to the challenge of proving herself as a future leader of the party, much less the country.”

Key Quote: The piece quoted mostly the opinions of anonymous Democratic Party members, but one on-the-record statement came from John Morgan, a high-level fund-raiser for the Democratic Party, who stated, “I can’t think of one thing she’s done except stay out of the way and stand beside him at certain ceremonies.” Morgan predicted Harris will be the target of Republican attacks during the 2024 presidential election, determining Biden’s advanced age, 86 at the end of a hypothetical second term, will lead voters to question who would replace him if necessary.

Response: Harris’s press secretary Kirsten Allen responded to the article by tweeting, “there is no shortage of people willing to anonymously or publicly tear down the vice president.” Allen tweeted a thread of articles related to Harris’s actions as Vice President and concluded, “those still questioning the VP’s role and impact are choosing not to see what is right in front of them.”

How the Media Covered It: The report made waves across the spectrum. Fox News added “the Times reported” to a statement not reported by the Times— “one of the few issues that some Democrats are in agreement on… is that she is a disappointment at best, the Times reported.”

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