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VP Harris Embraces Aggressive Role, Draws Republican Criticism

During a tour of nearly a dozen American states in recent weeks, Vice President Kamala Harris displayed a combative side, criticizing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for supporting “revisionist history” regarding slavery, encouraging Iowa healthcare workers to rebel against the state’s new strict abortion laws, and rallying Latinos in Chicago to fight “extremist” Republicans.

The NAACP’s annual conference, a crucial political gathering for African Americans, and the topics Democrats will emphasize in the 2024 race will be defined by Harris, the first woman and first woman of color to serve as vice president, who will begin the meeting on Saturday in Boston.

Senior Democrats claim that the high-profile remarks are a part of Vice President Joseph Biden’s increasing position in the run-up to the election.

In the next months, Harris will participate in a large number of campaign-style events intended to reacquaint her with devoted fans, enhance her reputation with independents, and connect with Democrats who haven’t been hearing the Biden administration’s message.

Exit surveys from the 2020 election showed that Biden won with 87% of the vote, which he attributes to Black people. But, current surveys and the midterm election turnout in 2022 show a decline in excitement among the bloc that needs to be strengthened before next November.

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White House Works to Improve Harris’ Image

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During a tour of nearly a dozen American states in recent weeks, Vice President Kamala Harris displayed a combative side, criticizing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for supporting “revisionist history” regarding slavery, encouraging Iowa healthcare workers to rebel against the state’s new strict abortion laws, and rallying Latinos in Chicago to fight “extremist” Republicans.

The White House also wants to boost Harris’ historically poor approval ratings and public image. In a recent NBC News survey, 49% of registered voters had a negative opinion of Harris, compared to 32% who had a good opinion.

This resulted in a net-negative rating of 17, which is the lowest in the poll’s history for a vice president.

Although it’s too soon to tell if Harris’s poll numbers are rising, her comments are igniting new Republican ire and exposing gaps in the opposition.

DeSantis charged U.S. Senator Tim Scott on Friday with accepting Harris’s “lying” on Florida’s new slavery curriculum standards. Scott is the most prominent Black candidate in the 2024 Republican presidential race.

His campaign implied that a Black Republican who opposed the reforms—which include teaching that slavery might have benefited the enslaved—was a supporter of Harris.

Voters will likely scrutinize the vice president much more closely because of the president’s old age of 80. Conservatives have already made the suggestion that Harris may serve as president if Biden wins in 2024.

When Biden chose Harris to be his running mate for vice president, she was more well-liked than he was with women, young people, and even some Republicans. However, Harris’ approval ratings have fallen since taking office due to a barrage of criticism from conservative media outlets and a portfolio that included the thorny problem of immigration in the United States.

Democrats claim she hasn’t intervened strongly enough or lifted the President’s burdens enough. Harris has gotten louder ever since the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade last year.

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Source: MSN

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