Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday pushed again towards GOP assaults on each her capacity to function commander in chief if wanted and President Joe Biden’s age within the early race for the White Home.
Republican presidential candidates — together with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — have honed in on the potential of Harris serving as president whereas elevating issues about Biden’s age. If he wins a second time period, Biden, 80, could be 86 years previous on the finish of it.
In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” host Margaret Brennan requested Harris to answer GOP assaults towards her capacity to function president: “They’re speaking about what you’ll do as president as being a danger — they’re honing in on you. Why do you assume that’s? How do you reply to these assaults? That’s not about coverage, that’s about you.”
Harris stated the Republicans’ assaults towards her talents to serve in workplace are “not new,” noting that she was the primary girl elected district lawyer of San Francisco and the primary girl to function lawyer normal of California, in addition to having “represented one in eight Individuals” as a senator and being the primary feminine vp.
“They really feel the necessity to assault as a result of they’re scared that we are going to win based mostly on the benefit of the work that Joe Biden and I, and our administration, has completed,” Harris stated.
Citing a ballot in The Wall Road Journal exhibiting that two-thirds of Democrats say Biden is simply too previous to run once more, Brennan requested whether or not she is ready to be commander in chief.
“Sure I’m, if essential,” she stated. However Biden “goes to be superb,” she added.
Republicans have ramped up assaults on Biden’s age and psychological health because the oldest president in U.S. historical past runs for re-election. In response, Biden’s marketing campaign aides have been working to alleviate issues over his age amid the president’s bodily and verbal slip-ups in current months.
In the meantime, Biden has more and more cracked jokes about his age as he ramps up his re-election marketing campaign, in line with an NBC Information evaluation of his remarks.
Harris — who has been warning about threats to abortion rights for the reason that Supreme Court docket overturned Roe v. Wade final yr — additionally dismissed Republicans’ accusations about Democrats wanting abortion entry till beginning.
Pressed by Brennan on what week of being pregnant that abortion entry must be reduce off, Harris referred to as for the restoration of the protections of Roe v. Wade.
“Let me be very clear,” Harris stated. “From day one, the president has been clear, I’ve been clear. We have to put again the protections which are in Roe v. Wade into legislation. For the reason that Supreme Court docket took it, Congress has the ability and skill to move laws to place these protections again in legislation and Joe Biden will signal that invoice. So, that’s what we wish.”
Requested if abortion entry protections must be restricted to a selected week of being pregnant, Harris reiterated her name to revive the protections of Roe v. Wade as she declined to specify a timeline.
“We’re not making an attempt to do something that didn’t exist earlier than June of final yr,” she stated, in referrence to the month when the Supreme Court docket overturned the landmark ruling that assured a constitutional proper to abortion.
Brennan then pressed Harris on Republicans’ accusations about her stance on abortion: “I’m asking you for the specifics there, as a result of Republicans say the dearth of a exact date in reducing it off — you recognize this — they are saying that enables Democrats to carry out abortions up till, you recognize, beginning.”
Harris stated that notion is “ridiculous” and a “mischaracterization of the purpose,” earlier than Brennan once more requested if she must be extra “exact” about acceptable limits on abortion entry.
“I consider that we should always put the protections of Roe v. Wade into legislation, and the way in which that may occur is that if we’ve a United States Congress, who no matter their private view for themselves or their household, would agree that the ladies of America must be trusted to make selections about their life and their physique based mostly on what they know to be of their finest curiosity,” she stated.
“It’s that easy.”