BY Benjamin ClarkJune 20, 2024
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Biden Urged To Consider Hillary As VP Over Harris, Suggests WaPo Columnist

A Washington Post columnist has sparked a significant discussion by proposing that President Joe Biden should replace Vice President Kamala Harris with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the next election.

As reported by Daily Mail, Kathleen Parker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, believes Hillary Clinton's extensive political background could boost voter confidence ahead of the challenging election against Donald Trump.

This suggestion comes as both Biden and Harris grapple with dipping popularity figures. Joe Biden, at 81, is the oldest president in U.S. history, leading to ongoing public concerns regarding his health and capacity to fulfill presidential duties. These concerns are magnified by his low approval ratings nationally, particularly in pivotal swing states.

Biden's and Harris's Polling Woes

Alongside Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris is also experiencing poor poll numbers. Recent surveys show a majority of Americans doubting her suitability for the presidency.

Notably, a Politico/Morning Consult poll found that only 34% of respondents believe Harris could win if she were to run for president, with a significantly higher percentage, 57%, thinking it unlikely.

This poll, which surveyed 3,996 registered voters with a margin of error of 2%, also noted Harris's approval rating at just 42%.

Despite these troubling figures, her strong name recognition continues to garner support within the Democratic Party, with discussions about a possible presidential run in 2028.

Factors Driving the Suggestion for Replacement

Parker's suggestion for Biden to consider Clinton as a running mate is rooted in her belief that Clinton's political experience could provide a stabilizing force.

Clinton, who is 76 years old, has remained politically engaged, evidenced by her recent endorsements in key political races.

The idea, as voiced by Parker, might address voters' concerns about a seamless transition of power should Biden be unable to fulfill his term.

“If Biden needs to step down, even those who didn't vote for Clinton would have confidence in her ability to keep the country on track,” Parker wrote, emphasizing the broad respect Clinton commands across the political spectrum.

Challenges and Considerations in VP Change

However, Parker acknowledges the potential risks of replacing Harris, the first female and first black vice president.

Such a move might alienate a significant section of the Democratic base, particularly among black voters. “Admits there are 'risky' drawbacks to her plan,” Parker noted, indicating the complexities involved in such a strategic pivot.

To mitigate backlash and ease the transition, Parker proposes an appeasement strategy. She suggests appointing Harris as the new Attorney General, a role that could utilize her legal expertise while keeping her in a high-profile administration position.

Public and Political Reactions to the Proposal

The response to Parker's column has varied, sparking debates on political strategy and the implications of electoral decisions on party unity.

With Biden's presidency marked by historical significance, voters are keenly observing the dynamics within the Democratic Party as they prepare to counter Trump's election campaign.

As discussions continue, the question of political experience versus electoral viability remains a central debate. With Clinton's seasoned background in both domestic and international affairs, her potential candidacy as vice president may indeed reshape the Democratic Party's strategies leading up to the elections.

In conclusion, Kathleen Parker's proposal underlines a strategic, controversial approach to strengthening the Democratic ticket by potentially replacing Kamala Harris with Hillary Clinton. This suggestion raises questions not only about the electoral impact but also about how the party visualizes its future leadership in the face of challenging presidential elections.

Written by: Benjamin Clark

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