‘It’s infuriating’: Kamala Harris team galled by Biden veep talk

‘It’s infuriating’: Kamala Harris team galled by Biden veep talk

poster=”http://v.politico.com/images/1155968404/201905/468/1155968404_6037224194001_6037227065001-vs.jpg?pubId=1155968404″ true Suggestions that Democratic candidate Kamala Harris be the running mate of one of her peers strikes many in her circle as sexist and “infuriating.” 2020 Elections 'It's infuriating': Kamala Harris team galled by Biden veep talk The focus on her as vice presidential material is seen by some allies as sexist. By CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO 05/15/2019 06:43 PM EDT Updated 05/15/2019 07:34 PM EDT 2019-05-15T07:34-0400 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Kamala Harris used humor to swat aside the chatter about her becoming Joe Biden’s running mate: Maybe it should be the other way around, she said Wednesday, given Biden’s experience in the No. 2 job. But inside her campaign and among allies, such talk is not a laughing matter. They’re rankled by the suggestion, privately venting that it’s demeaning to a woman of color and perpetuates an unfair critique that she’s somehow not prepared for the job she’s actually seeking.Story Continued Below “It’s infuriating,” a Harris confidant fumed several days before the idea began taking hold in the media. Since then, the chorus of Democrats sizing up her run and concluding she’d be perfect as Biden’s running mate has rapidly gone from whisper campaign to national narrative. They include some fans of the California senator: Last week, members of the influential Congressional Black Caucus floated Biden and Harris as a “dream ticket.” That put her in the uncomfortable spot of trying to delicately push back on it without offending the group, of which she’s a member. On Wednesday, Harris joked that Biden would make a fine running mate, rounding out a ticket on which she’s at the top: “As vice president, he’s proven that he knows how to do the job,” Harris told reporters after her town hall in Nashua, N.H. COUNTDOWN TO 2020 The race for 2020 starts now. Stay in the know. Follow our presidential election coverage. Email Sign Up By signing up you agree to receive email newsletters or alerts from POLITICO. You can unsubscribe at any time. Harris’ casting as the underling in a possible Biden-Harris duo is partly a product of the former vice president’s big lead in early polling — including in South Carolina, the linchpin of the senator’s electoral strategy. Privately, her aides and confidants say that it’s far too early to entertain a vice presidential run and that the idea only diminishes her candidacy. Harris had already been working to dispel the narrative that she’s less “electable” than other 2020 contenders as Democrats try to win back white, working-class voters who backed Donald Trump. The focus on her as vice presidential material is seen by some alli
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