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Kamala Harris says she is ready to take over as president if needed as most Americans say Biden too old

 September 7, 2023

Vice President Kamala Harris maintained on Wednesday that she is equipped and ready to assume the role of president should the need arise due to 80-year-old President Joe Biden's seemingly shaky health.

Harris did not shy away from discussing a scenario where she might have to "take over" from Biden.

However, she quickly asserted that President Biden is in good condition and fully capable of serving a second term, possibly even until he is 86 years of age, as the Daily Mail reported.

Survey Data Highlights Public's Age Concerns

A recent AP-NORC poll found that a staggering 77% of Americans, which includes about 69% of Democrats, are skeptical about Biden's age and its impact on his ability to serve.

This sentiment was echoed by a Wall Street Journal poll, which indicated that 73% of respondents felt Biden's age might be a barrier for another presidential run, with two-thirds of those in agreement being Democrats.

However, during her interview with the Associated Press at the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia Harris was dismissive of these concerns.

She emphasized, "First of all, let me say that our president has been an extraordinary leader who has accomplished things that previous presidents hoped and dreamed and promised they would do and did not achieve."

Chris Megerian of the Associated Press questioned Harris about her readiness to serve as president, to which she confidently responded, "Yes."

When asked to elaborate on the process, Harris reiterated her confidence in Biden's well-being but acknowledged the weighty responsibility every vice president holds, understanding the potential need to take over the top role.

"Every vice president understands that when they take the oath, that they must be very clear about the responsibility they may have to take over the job of being President. I am no different," Harris stated.

Harris's Approval Ratings and The Republican Response

Lately, Harris has been grappling with declining approval ratings. A poll from NBC in late June showed that just 32% of registered voters had a favorable view of her, marking the lowest approval for a vice president since the commencement of the network's polling on the issue.

These dismal approval ratings and concerns surrounding Biden's age have set the stage for rivals to weigh in with criticism.

Notably, former U.N. Ambassador and current presidential candidate Nikki Haley has been at the forefront of such critiques.

Haley initiated her campaign by proposing potential mental competency tests for candidates above 75.

Furthermore, she has drawn attention to Biden's age, hinting at the possibility of Harris becoming president.

Haley expressed her reservations about Harris on Fox Business' Sunday Morning Futures in August, saying, "We cannot have Kamala Harris as president. We can't chance this."

"We have to make sure we win this because the thought of Kamala Harris being president should send a chill up every American's spine," Haley added.