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After a year of struggles and missteps, Vice President Kamala Harris’ team is planning a reset to get President Biden’s heir apparent back on track in 2022, according to a report.
Harris was a popular choice for vice president among Democrats ahead of the 2020 election and inspired many as the first black or Asian woman and person to hold the office, but after a few months in the White House, she didn’t seem to not be up to par. job expectations.
After several high-level staff departures, Harris has hired veteran political operative Jamal Simmons as communications director and she’s showing a more united front at events with Biden after months apart, according to The Washington Post.
Her aides also hope her return to the campaign trail, in favor of the Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, will remind voters why she became popular in the first place, the newspaper said, citing multiple sources speaking anonymously. .
Avoid the border
She stumbled over immigration last year after Biden named her Border Czar. After months in the role, it seemed like she was trying to avoid the US-Mexico border, choosing instead to focus on other national issues. His apparent lack of interest has left his detractors and supporters scratching their heads. She finally paid a visit to El Paso, Texas for several hours last summer after heaps of pressure.
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Struggling to answer
She’s also struggled in interviews — most memorably about immigration — but more recently faltered when asked how quickly 500 million at-home coronavirus tests would be sent to American households, according to a recent promise from the White House.
“They’ve been ordered,” Harris told NBC’s Craig Melvin this week. “I have to watch the current news. I think it will be next week. But soon. Absolutely soon. And it’s a matter of urgency for us.”
This month, she received a microphone on an issue she seemed most comfortable with: the right to vote. She presented Biden ahead of his speech in Atlanta on Tuesday with more comfort and confidence than she has on immigration and other issues.
“Years from now, our children and grandchildren will ask us about this moment,” she said earlier this week. “And let’s tell them that we guaranteed the freedom to vote, we ensured free and fair elections, and we preserved our democracy for them and their children.”
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For now, she has an uphill battle as the ballot bill seems unlikely to cross the filibuster threshold, but her advisers are still hoping for a stronger second year in office for arguably the vice president. the most-watched in recent memory, according to the newspaper.