Who Could Replace Kamala Harris on Dem Ticket in 2024? – The question of who could replace Vice President Kamala Harris on the Democratic ticket could potentially become louder as time moves closer to next year’s election.
What We Know
President Joe Biden’s age is something that will encourage this discussion. Is Kamala Harris presidential material if she has to step into the presidency?
No president has replaced his elected vice president on the ticket since Franklin Delano Roosevelt replaced Vice President Henry Wallace with Harry Truman in 1944 because the former was viewed as too far to the Left. Wallace mounted a pro-Soviet presidential campaign four years later in 1948.
Democrats have been extremely unhappy with Kamala Harris and her seeming inability to grow into her job. This has fueled speculation.
Thus far, she has shown she has little comprehension of the nuances of foreign policy, a lackluster approach to dealing with the influx of millions across the Mexican border, and a constant tendency to put her foot in her mouth.
Harris chose to avoid taking on China’s Neo-Colonial expansionism across Africa head-on. Instead, she chose to cater to the sensibilities of Democratic Party partisans back home by stressing LGBT+ issues. Last September, she elicited a howling response from Australian political commentator, Rita Panahi, on Sky News Australia after she claimed the U.S. had an alliance with North Korea.
She’s even been lampooned as the real-life equivalent of HBO’s Veep Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, on The Daily Show by Dreyfus herself.
Who Would Replace Kamala Harris
The possibilities could include California Gov. Gavin Newsom. The vice president’s job in recent years has been acting as the point person or attack dog for the sitting president’s policies. Newsom has a reputation for being brash and tad arrogant; however, that role could be perfect if he were to replace Harris as Biden’s vice president in a second term.
Newsom’s personal handling of homelessness and the pandemic have been lightning rods for controversy; however, he successfully fended off a recall effort in 2021. Unlike Harris, Newsom has significant executive experience, both as governor of California and mayor of San Francisco.
At 55, Newsom is significantly younger than Biden who will be 86 in 2029 when he would leave office.
More to Consider
People don’t vote based on the number two on the ticket; consequently, things that might be a liability at the top of the ticket are less so on the bottom.
Another possibility could be Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. She’s popular in her home state of Minnesota and has been ranked as among the most likable senators. She can help Biden in the Midwest and is someone who is not among the more radical members of the Democratic caucus and has shown a willingness to forge a consensus with Republicans.
However, she might end up clashing with Biden do to his increasing radicalism.
Another strong choice would be Sen. Elizabeth Warren who has significant pull from the Left-wing of the Democratic Party. Her attack-dog style and rhetoric would be a good fit for Biden who has shown a passion for staple Left issues such as abortion rights, economic equity, and her Liberal stances on foreign policy.
Warren also has greater name recognition.
Biden has options should Democratic Party leaders prevail on him to dump Harris.
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John Rossomando is a senior analyst for Defense Policy and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award in 2008 for his reporting.