Many people believed it, many people speculated about it, but now even the media is saying they believe it will be the case that Sen. Kamala Harris will vie for the presidency.
CNN host Anderson Cooper and guest David Axelrod speculated that, due to President-elect Joe Biden’s age, Vice President-elect Harris will attempt to become president in 2024, Mediaite reported.
Less than 12 hours after their network declared former Vice President Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential race, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and David Axelrod openly speculated about the possibility that he won’t run for reelection.
During CNN’s election coverage Saturday night, Cooper referenced the age gap between Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (Biden will be 78 when he takes the Oath of Office in January, while Harris is 56.), The CNN anchor then introduced the possibility that Biden’s age would limit his time as commander in chief.
“I mean her age, Joe Biden’s age, the potential that he may only serve one term,” Cooper said before Axlerod interrupted.
Axelrod, who was former President Obama’s campaign manager, said that Harris is in the best position to win the Democrat nomination in 2024, even after her abysmal performance in the 2020 Democratic primaries.
“This is a unique political situation,” he said. “Because never has a vice president entered office on the first day as the, kind of, presumed frontrunner for the nomination four years later. And because of the dynamic that we’ve been discussing here, because she is seen by many on the left of the party as sort of their person in the administration, the person who is going to bring different voices into the discussions, there’s also pressure associated with that. So it’s a really unique situation that she’s going to have to navigate.”
Cooper said that Harris is in a tough position because she has to keep her credibility with progressives as she works for a more moderate president in Biden.
“If she is thinking about the next step, if four years from now President-Elect Biden decided not to run, if she does not respond to the left of the party, that is going to harm her down the road. And yet, clearly if there is going to be a lot of compromises being done, there’s a lot of folks on the left of the party who are not going to be happy,” he said.
“She’s got to navigate through the primary,” Axelrod argued. “We’re getting way ahead of ourselves.”
You think? First of all, there are still expected to be court challenges to the win the media has declared for Biden, which it appears that the CNN personalities are ignoring.
There is also no reason to believe, right now, that Joe Biden would not seek to win another election, even at the age of 82.
But even if Biden survives the court challenges to his declared victory, there is every indication that he would govern in a more moderate fashion than Harris would want, and that many in the Democrat Party would want.
It could be an interesting Democrat primary in 2024.