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After a year of fighting and setbacks, Vice President Kamala Harris’ team is planning a reset to get the seemingly one-time heir to President Biden back on track in 2022, according to a report.
Harris was a popular election as vice president among Democrats before the 2020 election and inspired many as the first woman and black or Asian person to hold office, but after a few months in the White House, she did not appear to be living up to it. to job expectations.
Following the resignations of several high-profile employees, Harris has hired an experienced political operator, Jamal Simmons, as its communications director, and she shows a more united front at events with Biden after months in which they have often been separated, according to the Washington Post.
Her aides also hope it will remind voters why she became popular in the first place, returning her to the campaign track, where she fights for the Democrats ahead of the midterm period in 2022, the newspaper said, citing several anonymous sources.
Avoid the border
Most famously, she fell over immigration last year after Biden named her frontier czar. After months in the role, it seemed like she was trying to avoid the US-Mexico border and chose instead to focus on other domestic issues. Her apparent lack of interest caused both critics and supporters to scratch their heads. She finally paid a visit to El Paso, Texas, for several hours last summer after heaps of pressure.
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Struggling to answer
She has also struggled in interviews – most memorable about immigration – but recently she hesitated when asked how quickly 500 million home coronavirus tests would be sent to U.S. households, according to a recent White House pledge.
“They’ve been ordered,” Harris told NBC’s Craig Melvin this week. “I have to look at the current information. I think it will be next week. But soon. Absolutely soon. And it’s urgent for us.”
This month, she got a microphone on a topic she seemed more comfortable with: voting rights. She introduced Biden before her speech in Atlanta on Tuesday with more comfort and confidence than she has about immigration and other issues.
“In several years, our children and our grandchildren, they will ask us about this moment,” she said earlier this week. “And let us tell them that we ensured the freedom to vote, that we ensured free and fair elections, and we protected our democracy for them and their children.”
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For now, she has a battle uphill, as the vote seems unlikely to pass the filibuster threshold, but her advisers are still hoping for a more solid second year in office for arguably the most-watched VP in recent memory, according to the newspaper.