Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) appeared to laugh nervously and struggle to formulate an answer when asked about her far-left political views during a recent “60 Minutes” interview, which aired on Sunday.
“You’re very different, in the policies that you’ve supported in the past,” CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell said to Harris about her policy differences with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“You’re considered the most liberal United States senator,” O’Donnell stated bluntly, to which Harris replied, “I — somebody said that and it actually was Mike Pence on the debate stage,” as she laughed uncomfortably.
“Yeah. Well, actually, the nonpartisan GovTrack has rated you as the most liberal senator,” O’Donnell interjected. “You supported the Green New Deal; you supported Medicare for All; you’ve supported legalizing marijuana. Joe Biden doesn’t support those things. So are you going to bring the policies — those progressive policies that you supported as senator — into a Biden administration?”
Harris countered by saying she has promised Biden she will always share with him her “lived experience” and “perspective” on any issues their potential administration may confront.
“And is that a socialist or progressive perspective?” O’Donnell asked.
“No. No,” Harris answered, laughing even more uncomfortably than before. “It is the perspective of a woman who grew up a black child in America, who was also a prosecutor, who also has a mother who arrived here at the age of 19 from India. Who also, you know, likes hip-hop. Like, what do you want to know?”
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At this point, O’Donnell plainly stated what it was she had been trying to get at with her previous questions.
“Well, I want to give you the opportunity to address this, because at the Republican National Convention, President Trump made the case that Joe Biden is gonna be nothing more than a Trojan horse for socialist policies for the left wing of the Democratic Party,” she said. “Are you going to push those policies when you’re vice president of the United States?”
Harris again countered with a vague answer, saying, “I am not going to be confined to Donald Trump’s definition of who I or anybody else is. And I think America has learned that that would be a mistake.”
Why does it matter?
Eventually, Harris came around to articulating that she would not have joined the ticket if she didn’t support Biden’s proposals, but it was arduous to get there.
The liberal senator’s difficulty in fielding basic questions about her record likely did not do anything to assuage moderate Democratic voters who may be concerned about the party’s progressive movement.
The Trump campaign has made it a point to to alert voters to the possibility that Harris may in fact be the guiding hand in a Biden administration, especially given Biden’s age and questions regarding his mental and physical acuity.