In a recent interview, Vice President Kamala Harris declared her preparedness to step into the role of President, should the need arise due to President Biden’s inability to govern. This statement comes amid growing public scrutiny over Biden’s age and health. Biden, who will turn 81 in November, is the oldest sitting U.S. President. If re-elected in 2024, he would be 82 at the start of his second term and 86 by its conclusion.
Harris, speaking to The Associated Press during a regional summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, characterized the notion of her taking over as President as “hypothetical.” She emphasized that every Vice President must be aware of the potential responsibility of assuming the presidency. Harris dismissed concerns about Biden’s age, stating that she spends a significant amount of time with him in the Oval Office and witnesses his ability to navigate complex issues effectively.
Kamala Harris says she's ready to step into role of president if Biden is unwell: "May have to take over". pic.twitter.com/rCQlJIqA1q
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Public opinion polls indicate that a majority of Americans, including 69% of Democrats, believe Biden is too old to serve another term. Some Republican presidential hopefuls, such as former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, have suggested that a vote for Biden is essentially a vote for Harris.
Harris also touched upon her previous role as a prosecutor, stating that former President Trump should be held accountable for the events of January 6, 2021. She emphasized her belief in the rule of law and the importance of accountability.
The Vice President is currently representing the U.S. at a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Her approval ratings have been consistently low, with only 32% of registered voters holding a positive view of her, according to an NBC News poll.