Republican voters, brace yourselves for the upcoming 2024 election because Vice President Kamala Harris may turn out to be the most consequential vice president in modern history. Republicans are going to pair Harris’ unpopularity with President Biden’s old age in their pitch to voters.
It’s a fact that Harris is an unpopular vice president. Like her running mate, President Biden, she has ridden the low 40s in most approval polls as of late. In fact, across approval rating polls, Harris hasn’t gone out of the 40s in her approval rating since her first year in office in 2021.
Despite her unpopularity, even among Democrats, the consequentiality of Harris’ vice presidency could ultimately determine the outcome of the 2024 presidential election, according to several strategists and politicians who spoke to Fox News Digital.
Americans’ negative views of Harris and Biden create political baggage going into what is expected to be a tough re-election for the presidential pair. Coupled with Biden’s age — he will be 81 on Election Day 2024 — the incumbent ticket will have its fair share of challenges.
Harris has dismissed her unpopularity among her own party as D.C. “political chatter,” but that dismissal couldn’t escape Politico’s report that Democrats are afraid to express concern over Biden’s age ahead of the 2024 election publicly because they fear the vice president as the alternative.
Harris’ unpopularity has been a mainstay since her White House run in 2019 when then-Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii — now an independent — tore into the candidate who would later be Biden’s vice presidential pick on national television.
Republican strategists said that Harris is a thorn in Biden’s wrinkled paw heading into the next election. Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe told Fox News Digital that “Kamala Harris hurts Joe Biden.” If anything happens to Biden, does anyone want Harris?
She is personally unlikable and inarticulate. She dropped out of the 2020 Democrat primary before Iowa. Her own party didn’t want her. She was a diversity, equity, and inclusion hire.
Former President Trump’s 2020 strategic communications director Marc Lotter told Fox News Digital nobody “votes for the bottom of the ticket.”
They vote for the names at the top of the ticket. However, given the clear decline in President Biden, I would expect additional scrutiny over Vice President Harris, but still, the election will come down to the top of the ticket.
GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Digital the “first decision Joe Biden made as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2020 was one of his worst: tapping Kamala Harris to be his running mate.” She is the ‘least improved player’ of the Biden Administration and also the least engaged.
The Vice President’s accomplishments are few, her gaffes many; she suffers from high staff turnover and complaints that she does not put in the work necessary to be second in command. Polls show that most Americans agree.
Harris’ approval ratings are even poorer than Biden’s. It’s hard not to wince when she speaks, and even harder not to worry, given that her boss is every minute of 80 years old.
Conservative columnist Kristin Tate told Fox News Digital “Kamala Harris is one of the most unlikable and uninspiring public figures in modern political history.”
She was selected as Joe Biden’s running mate in 2020 to check a box and will serve the same purpose for the Biden campaign in 2024. Harris herself will not be a selling point for voters.