Joe Biden’s potential list of running mates in the upcoming U.S. presidential election has continued to be discussed throughout 2020, and now, former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd has revealed his thoughts about Kamala Harris’ potential involvement in the campaign heading into November.
According to Politico, Dodd, a member of Biden’s vice presidential search committee, was recently asked about the United States Senator from California. Throughout the current election cycle, many speculated that Biden could end up choosing Harris as his running mate. However, Dodd’s comments about Harris’ ambush on Biden in the first Democratic debate on June 27, 2019, seemingly indicate a different path forward.
“She laughed and said, ‘That’s politics.’ She had no remorse,” Dodd allegedly told a longtime Biden supporter and donor. Speaking to Politico on the condition of anonymity, they then gave more insight into what the rest of 2020 could look like for Harris.
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After revealing that Dodd had felt the move was “a gimmick” and was “cheap,” they revealed that his concerns about Harris were so strong that he had started helping to elevate California Rep. Karen Bass throughout Biden’s vetting process. As for his reasoning, he reportedly indicated that he sees Bass as “a loyal No. 2.”
During the appearance in question, the former vice president had been “forced to defend his record on desegregation in the 1970s” after Harris confronted his previous stance. However, Harris would later go on to endorse Biden in a Twitter video on March 8, as seen below.
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As stated by the Politico, a variety of interviews reportedly revealed that various Democrats are “lobbying against Harris for VP” both privately and openly. While some have also voiced their support for Bass, the Congressional Black Caucus chair and former state Assembly speaker, others have suggested several other women who they believe could be an ideal running mate for Biden come November, including Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth and former national security adviser Susan Rice.
Dodd’s aide and Harris’ advisers declined to comment on the new development.