Kamala Harris prepares for her historic vice presidency by studying Joe Biden's legacy
December 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 27: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at the National Forum on Wages and Working People: Creating an Economy That Works for All at Enclave on April 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Six of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are attending the forum, held by the Service Employees International Union and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, to share their economic policies. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
As Kamala Harris prepares for the vice presidency, she is learning from a person who knows more about the job than almost anyone in the world: President-elect Joe Biden.
Washington (CNN)As Kamala Harris prepares for the vice presidency, she is learning from a person who knows more about the job than almost anyone in the world: President-elect Joe Biden.
Harris has told people close to her that she wants to shape her vice presidency after the way Biden worked with President Barack Obama over eight years: testing and pushing the administration in private, while in public remaining a dedicated and loyal lieutenant.
Harris, in effect, wants to be Biden's Biden and has spent the past several weeks playing a key role in the formation of the next administration, interviewing each eventual Cabinet nominee and spending considerable time talking to Biden about the process, sources said.
She has also worked to get to know the President-elect by talking on the phone nearly every day, something Harris believes will help her better understand the kind of partner Biden wants her to be.
"Joe Biden's success," Harris quickly said.
That's both because Harris believes that Biden, as president, deserves the team he wants, but also because she had no reason to principally oppose any of the picks.
These prosecutorial skills, which this person attributed to Harris routinely picking juries, will come in handy as vice president, and allow Harris to just "observe" what Biden wants and quickly understand "what works for him and what doesn't. "
Biden has said he wants a similar relationship with Harris.
I told him I wanted to be the last person in the room before he made important decisions," Biden said after picking Harris.