Wilmington (US), July 29
Joe Biden was uncharacteristically tight-lipped on Tuesday in regards to the ultimate stretch of his seek for a vice chairman.
But the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee appeared ready to speak about not less than one main contender: California Sen. Kamala Harris.
As he took questions from reporters on Tuesday, Biden held notes that had been captured by an Associated Press photographer. Harris’ title was scrawled throughout the highest, adopted by 5 speaking factors.
“Do not hold grudges.” “Campaigned with me & Jill.”
“Talented.” “Great help to campaign.” “Great respect for her.” Those are all observations Biden has made about Harris earlier than.
But they tackle new significance following a current Politico report that one in every of Biden’s closest pals and a co-chair of his vice presidential vetting committee, former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, nonetheless harbors issues about Harris’ powerful debate stage efficiency and that she hasn’t expressed remorse.
The feedback attributed to Dodd have drawn condemnation, particularly from influential Democratic girls who preserve that Harris is being held to a regular that wouldn’t apply to a person operating for president.
The debate-stage skirmish was one of many seminal moments of the Democratic major. Harris, who’s Black, mentioned Biden made “very hurtful” feedback about his previous work with segregationist senators earlier than she slammed his opposition to busing as colleges started to combine.
“There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day,” she mentioned. “And that little girl was me.” At the time, Biden referred to as her feedback “a mischaracterization of my position.” Their relationship has develop into significantly extra amicable.
Biden has praised Harris publicly many occasions and famous that he’s thought extremely of her personally and professionally since she turned near his late son, Beau Biden, when each had been state attorneys normal.
It is widespread for high-profile politicians to take notes with them to the rostrum, both handwritten additions to formal remarks or a bullet-point listing like what Biden held on stationery that includes his full title: Joseph R. Biden Jr.
In March, early within the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump’s notes had been photographed to indicate “Chinese” written over “corona,” a part of the president’s efforts in charge the pandemic on a overseas adversary. Last yr, as Trump confronted impeachment for pressuring Ukraine officers to assist his reelection by discovering dust on Biden, the president had notes that learn: “I want nothing” and “I want no quid pro quo.” Biden’s listing, as a minimum, means that he needs to defuse any tensions round his relationship with Harris.
As mirrored in his notes, Harris has develop into a dependable surrogate for Biden, showing with him in on-line fundraisers amid the bizarre social distancing requirements compelled on the marketing campaign by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As not too long ago as final week, Harris headlined her personal occasion for Biden, one targeted on the Raleigh space in North Carolina, a battleground state the place Harris’ twin attraction to Black voters and college-educated white girls might increase Democrats’ prospects.
Biden in the end didn’t area a query particularly about Harris. A spokesperson for Harris didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
In simply his third prolonged information convention in 4 months, Biden additionally sidestepped particular questions in regards to the timing of his choice on a operating mate, an strategy mirrored in one other entry on Biden’s notepad.
Under the heading “VP,” Biden wrote “highly qualified” and “diverse group,” signifying his intention to not tease out any extra particulars.
Beyond vice presidential politics, Biden’s subjects included the Justice Department, an allusion to Attorney General William Barr testifying Tuesday on Capitol Hill. His notes didn’t title Barr, however Biden referenced “the people’s lawyer … not the president’s lawyer,” echoing his earlier assertions that Barr has used his submit because the latter.
On the “Last 100 days” of the marketing campaign, Biden wrote that he’d be “offering clearest contrast,” “tell the truth,” “take responsibility” and “listen to the scientists” – all swipes at Trump.
The listing additionally included the unique three-part slogan of Biden’s marketing campaign: “Restore soul” of the nation, “Rebuild MC” (the center class) and “unite country.” — AP