A Wednesday New York Times report detailed ongoing struggles within the presidential campaign of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
“Ms. Harris is under pressure from liberal activists who are pushing Democrats toward newer, bolder horizons,” according to the report. “She has repeatedly sought to placate the left since setting her sights on the presidency — an impulse many in her orbit say is reinforced by her campaign chair, Maya Harris, her sister.”
In The Times’ view, “liberal” equates to “far-left.” While some in her campaign and in the Democratic Party reportedly want Harris to push further left, others want her to remain squarely center-left, in the wheelhouse of the establishment Democrats. This has posed a challenge for Harris, who has walked back her original support for policy proposals like Medicare For All and allowing prisoners to vote.
“These tensions, along with Ms. Harris’s instinct for caution, have slowed her candidacy,” the report said.
It also noted that while Harris’ campaign tries to figure out what exactly it message is, she has turned her focus to attacking President Donald J. Trump, perhaps the only uniter of the warring factions of the Democratic Party.
The Times said:
Ms. Harris sidestepped a question from The New York Times about her pivot toward Mr. Trump — “I’m running against President Trump because I think he should not be president,” she said — but her spokeswoman said the senator is eager to “prosecute the case’’ against Mr. Trump, invoking a phrase Ms. Harris has used intermittently.
“Going forward she is actively going to do that,” said Lily Adams, the spokeswoman.
As of Wednesdays, nearly every major Democratic Party primary poll has Harris in fourth place. Just above her is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Both trail Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who trails former Vice President Joe Biden by a whopping 20-30 points, depending on the poll.
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Joe Biden Admits He Wasn’t “Arrested” In South Africa After Exaggerated Claims
Biden said he was arrested trying to visit Nelson Mandela.
Joe Biden is walking back an exaggerated campaign talking point, after being questioned on his claims of being ‘arrested’ in apartheid-era South Africa trying to visit Nelson Mandela in prison.
Biden all but admitted his claims of being arrested were false in an interview on CNN Friday.
He’s claimed that he was “arrested” in several South Carolina campaign speeches trying to visit the South African political leader.
“This day 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid. I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on (Robben) Island,” Biden claimed at a Columbia campaign event earlier this month. He’s repeated the claims two times since then.
Biden admitted to CNN’s Joe Berman that he was merely stopped by customs police at the airport for a short period of time when arriving in the country with the Congressional Black Caucus for a visit in the 1970’s.
His claims of being arrested during a direct attempt to visit Mandela are equally dubious, considering he was merely stopped in the city of Soweto. Soweto is hundreds of miles away from Cape Town’s Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for decades by the apartheid-era government.
For what it’s worth, the western political leaders such as Joe Biden who were acutely interested in South Africa during the Apartheid era of political repression have largely forgotten about the country and its declining standard of living since then.
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