Democrats Struggling With Their ‘Kamala Harris Problem’

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( – Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) avoided answering questions regarding Vice President Kamala Harris’s leadership role in the Democratic party. Instead, Clyburn stated that she was a “part of” the party’s future but that it was not necessary that she would be the person to succeed President Biden.

On Sunday, Kristen Welker, the moderator of NBC’s ‘Meet The Press,’ specifically questioned whether the representative believed the vice President was the party’s future.

In response, Clyburn stated that she was “absolutely” a part of the party’s future. However, Welker pressed further whether she could be the Democratic Party’s future leader.

The Democrat replied that she could be and that, so far, she had successfully been running a campaign. He also pointed out that Harris’s recent address at the 2023 Phoenix Awards Dinner hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation on Saturday had been “great.” He added that he does look at Harris as the “successor” of Biden. However, he was also aware of the history, and there was no guarantee that she would move up and become the next President. He added that she would need to compete for the position with those with aspirations and dreams to become the successor. However, he claimed that Harris would “equip herself well.”

A recent NBC News poll showed that Harris’ favorability rating had dropped to 31 percent and was below Biden’s, which currently sits at 39 percent. Welker further questioned why Clyburn believes that Harris is not appealing to voters.

Clyburn answered that during this campaign, she will show that she knows exactly what she is meant to be doing and that she is capable.

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