“They are overwhelmed that they only have the ability to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don’t let that weigh you down, ”she added. ” I want you to be ambitious. ”
Harris, of Jamaican and Indian descent, is the second black woman to be elected to the Senate and is said to be the country’s first black and Asian vice presidential candidate. If elected, she would be the first woman and the first non-white person to hold the office.
His comments came after CNBC reported that the anonymous allies of Biden, the alleged 2020 Democratic nominee, viewed Harris as “too ambitious.”
Monday, Politico reported that former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who is on Biden’s search committee, said Harris had not apologized for sharp remarks towards Biden during a Democratic primary debate.
“She laughed and said, ‘This is politics’. She had no remorse, ”Dodd told a Biden supporter and donor, Politico reported.
Harris said on Friday she has faced these attacks and criticism her entire career.
Observers were quick to point out that women were seen as “too ambitious” or faced other criticism that men hardly faced.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, former majority leader in the Senate Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidObama calls filibuster ‘relic of Jim Crow’, backs new franchise bill McConnell warns Democrats not to change filibuster rule Filipino reform takes growing with Democrats PLUS (D-Nev.) Defended Harris, calling him “very unfair”.
“Do we ever hear someone who is a man say that he is too ambitious? Why do they say it? I think it’s because it’s a woman, ”he said.
Biden has pledged to choose a woman as vice president and has come under pressure from some party leaders to choose a woman of color. Harris is one of many black women being considered for the job, including Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth Bass Hill’s Campaign Report: Who Will Biden Pick To Be His Vice President? Clyburn: Biden needs a choice of vice president who has “a lot of passion.” Fox’s Perino Says Biden Won’t Pick Susan Rice Because Of Right-Wing Fire MORE (D-Calif.) And former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, all of whom have gained attention in recent weeks.
Bass, the president of the Congressional Black Caucus, expressed displeasure at the comparisons between her and Harris, wondering why the same was not done with the white women who are being considered for the post of vice president, such as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren Here are the top contenders for Biden’s vice president Kamala Harris to young black women at the conference: “I want you to be ambitious” Trump campaign targets Bass amid speculation about Biden VP choice MORE (D-Mass.).
“Why are you comparing me with her?” she asked Friday on “The Breakfast Club” a syndicated radio show. “Why don’t you compare Whitmer to Warren?”