Vice President Kamala Harris has no doubts that she and President Biden will win in 2024.
“We’re going to win re-election. We’re going to win re-election,” Harris insisted in an interview segment that aired on “CBS Morning Show.”
“This is a big deal, and the American people know it.”
Harris, who lost Democratic support to Biden in 2020, shocked Republican critics this week by noting that as vice president she “may have to take over.”
“I’m answering your assumptions, but Joe Biden is going to be fine. So that’s not going to happen,” Harris told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
“Every vice president understands that when they take the oath, they must be very aware of the responsibilities they may have as president.
“I’m no different.”
At 80, Biden is the oldest president in U.S. history. He will be 82 at the start of his hypothetical second term and 86 at the end of his second term.
Republicans such as 2024 candidate Nikki Haley, 51, have issued ominous warnings about what could happen to the country if Harris, 58, is elected president.
But Harris tried to allay that concern.
“I work with Joe Biden every day,” Harris told CBS. “What our government has accomplished under Joe Biden’s leadership has been transformative. I think what the American people need most is a leader who actually gets things done.”
Harris and Biden launched their re-election campaign back in April, coinciding with the anniversary of Biden’s 2020 campaign debut.
But early polls suggest the overall race is close.
A recent CNN poll found Biden trailing nearly all of the major 2024 Republican candidates, though most were within the margin of error.
In the latest roundup of RealClearPolitics polls, Biden has a 0.4 point lead over 77-year-old former President Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner.
Harris started the day in Jakarta, Indonesia, wrapping up her visit to represent Biden at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit before taking off early Thursday morning.
Biden is scheduled to depart on Thursday night for the annual Group of 20 meeting in New Delhi, India, from Sept. 7-10.
Harris insisted that 2024 was too risky and was quickly panned by critics.
“Correct. Big stakes. Under #PresidentBiden: – Inflation is up, – Crime is up, – America’s leadership is declining. Americans know who will #MakeAmericaGreatAgain. Again,” Rep. Max Miller, R-Ohio, tweeted.
“Imagine how anyone would want the current Obama administration to stay in power in a ‘too risky’ scenario,” National security commentator Drew Bequist writes.
“I seriously doubt that!” Posted by user david A graphic from an NBC poll showed her underwater favorability rating was 32% positive and 49% negative.
At least one user appeared to take a swipe at conservative critics, who mocked Harris’ insistence that she and Biden would win.
“If you’re sure @realDonaldTrump is going to win, why are you worried about what she says? #Elections2024,” User Trim Ademi wrote.
Despite criticism from Republicans, Harris and Biden touted economic progress such as lower inflation and low unemployment. The number of jobless claims recently fell to the lowest level since February.
According to the latest roundup by RealClearPolitics, Harris has a favorable rating of 36.8 percent in favor and 55.2 percent against.
Her boss’ approval rating hovers between 40.1 percent approval and 55.9 percent disapproval, according to aggregate RealClearPolitics data.
Trump’s approval rating was 38.4 percent and his disapproval rating was 57.1 percent.