(HorizonPost.com) – In a recent interview on Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris affirmed her preparedness to assume the presidency if the need arises. President Biden, currently the oldest-serving U.S. president at 80 years, faces public concerns about his age and health.
Addressing the speculations, Harris stated, “Every vice president understands the weight of their oath and the potential responsibility of leading the country. I’m no different.” During the conversation in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she attended a regional summit, she emphasized President Biden’s competency, “I witness his prowess in decision-making in the Oval Office daily. The American people want results, and Joe Biden delivers.”
Despite some skepticism surrounding Biden’s age, many Americans seem hesitant about a second term. A recent poll indicated that 77 percent of Americans, including 69 percent of Democrats, express reservations about a subsequent term due to his age.
Vice President Harris, once a 2020 presidential candidate, withdrew from the race in December 2019. However, she continues to be vocal on various issues. Drawing from her extensive legal background, including her tenure as San Francisco district attorney and California’s attorney general, she spoke about accountability. Addressing the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol protests, she asserted, “The rule of law must be upheld, and those in violation should be held accountable.”
With the 2024 election cycle gaining momentum and former President Trump emerging as a possible Republican nominee, both Biden and Harris have cautioned about potential risks to American democracy. “Democracies require diligent protection,” emphasized Harris.
At the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit, Harris represents the U.S. Some noted the president’s absence, but Harris reiterated the U.S.’s dedication to strengthening ties in the region.
However, Vice President Harris faces challenges with her public perception. A recent NBC News poll revealed that her approval ratings were notably low, with only 32 percent of registered voters viewing her positively.
It remains to be seen how these dynamics will play out as the 2024 elections approach.
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