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As Democrats become increasingly frustrated with President Joe Biden’s falling poll numbers, political experts have told Daily Express US that Vice President Kamala Harris is being thrown into the spotlight.
Biden did not participate in New York City’s annual 9/11 memorial service this year, instead observing the anniversary at an Alaska military base with service members and their families.
Meanwhile, VP Harris – along with her husband, Doug Emhoff – arrived in New York on Monday to make an appearance at the city’s 22nd anniversary commemoration at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Some believe that Harris’ presence at the event – and Biden’s absence – means Democrats are pushing the female VP into the spotlight to cover up for the president’s recent lack of success.
Former Republican candidate Pastor Mark Burns told Daily Express US: “It is very possible for VP Harris to take over for Joe Biden. I believe like so many others it was always the intent for Kamala to take over for Joe.”
Biden, 80, has plummeted in recent polls, with a CNN/SSRS poll conducted in late August showing his job approval rating at 39 percent. In addition, 67 percent of Democrat voters say the Democratic Party should nominate someone other than Biden.
The poll also showed 58 percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of Biden, while nearly 75 percent of respondents are concerned about his age.
Congressional candidate Matt Shoemaker told Daily Express US: “Whatever the case is, it is the first time in the 22 years since the attack that the President of the United States has decided that his time is better spent elsewhere.”
Most former US presidents have held memorial services at one of the three crash sites of hijacked planes on 9/11 – New York City, the Pentagon in northern Virginia, or Shanksville – but Biden will be in Anchorage, Alaska, on Monday at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to honor the victims killed.
Vice President Harris attended the ceremony in place of Biden, where she stood between Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams. She stayed for about an hour before catching her return flight to Washington – as victim names continued to be read aloud by their family members.
Shoemaker added: “Perhaps it’s by design that Vice President Harris takes Biden’s place at the memorial. Such a solemn occasion is perhaps the White House’s attempt to bolster her exceptionally low poll numbers.
Or perhaps White House aides are concerned with the optics of an increasingly frail Biden not being able to attend such a prominent event without problems.”
And it seems Harris may be ready to step up – she told reporters last week that she “may have to take over” if Biden is unable to complete his term in office.
When asked by an AP reporter if she would feel prepared for stepping into Biden’s role if necessary, Harris replied: “Yes.”
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Harris, 58, added: “I’m answering your hypothetical, but Joe Biden is going to be fine. So that is not going to come to fruition.
“But let us also understand that every vice president understands that when they take the oath, that they must be very clear about the responsibility they may have to take over the job of being president. I am no different.”
But Burns said Harris as president would be “even more a disaster for America.”
He said: “America can’t take another four years of Joe Biden and most definitely wouldn’t survive an even more incompetent Kamala Harris presidency.”
Gerard Filitti, a political strategist at The Lawfare Project, agreed: “We are increasingly seeing her team’s strategy for handling criticism of her competence…this confirms her insecurity at being under the microscope, since none of the initiatives she has spearheaded as Vice President have had any benefit or come to fruition.”
Nonetheless, Harris appeared at the 9/11 memorial on Monday to honor the victims killed in the worst terrorist attack on US soil on September 11, 2001, and she paid her respects to families and friends.
Republican 2024 presidential candidates Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy also traveled to New York on Monday to meet with relatives of 9/11 victims.
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