Post Kamala Harris' pull-out, Joe Biden says he would consider her for vice presidency if he bags Democratic nomination

Biden said he had a talk with Harris and termed the California senator 'solid', who is capable of becoming whatever she wants to be.


                            Post Kamala Harris' pull-out, Joe Biden says he would consider her for vice presidency if he bags Democratic nomination
Kamala Harris, Joe Biden (Source : Getty Images)

They had a fierce encounter in the very first debate they joined on the Democratic platform in Miami in June. By differing with former vice president Joe Biden over federally mandated busing, California senator Kamala Harris made a head start in the race to bag the party’s nomination for next November’s presidential election. But the promising campaign faded out subsequently and on Tuesday, December 3, Harris called off her campaign citing lack of adequate finances. 

What did it mean for Biden? Is he happy to see the run of one of his top critics ending prematurely? On Wednesday, December 4, the former Delaware senator was asked the question and his reply was a conciliatory one. Not holding Harris’ criticism against him, Biden even went on to say that he would consider her to run as his vice president if he bagged the nomination. 

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) (R) speaks while former Vice President Joe Biden listens during the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre on July 31, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“Of course I would,” the 76-year-old told reporters when asked if he would consider making Harris his running mate if he gets the nomination to take on President Donald Trump, according to CBS News video.

Harris can become anything she wants to be: Biden

While boarding his ‘No Malarkey’ campaign bus across Iowa, Biden even applauded Harris, saying she is capable of becoming anything that she wants to be. “I mean it sincerely,” he said. 

Biden, one of the frontrunners this election season, said he had a talk with Harris and termed her “solid”. He said Harris can become any of the top post holders, be it the president, vice president, Supreme Court justice or attorney general. “She has enormous capability,” he added. Harris, 55, was close with Biden's elder son Beau who died of brain cancer in 2015.

Biden also said he is not good at harboring hard feelings. Biden and Harris were seen locking horns quite a few times at debates over the past few months. According to political observers, Biden hurt Harris’ black-vote base and the California senator couldn’t make her own position clear while being sandwiched between the Centrist Biden and Leftist Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

As for the audience, it will certainly miss the edge that Biden-Harris rivalry had brought to the Democratic debates the next time the candidates meet in Los Angeles on December 19.

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