Did you hear the one about a 2020 Democratic ticket consisting of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris?
Many people apparently consider it a compelling idea. During a campaign appearance in New Hampshire, Harris, a Democratic senator from California, said she likes the pairing herself — as long as the roles are flipped. Biden, after all, has plenty of experience as the vice president of the United States.
I asked Kamala Harris if she’s sick of all the talk of how she’s the perfect VP. She responded: I think that Joe Biden would be a great running mate. That as vice president he's proven he knows how to do the job. pic.twitter.com/9wHwOlKoxw
Harris' quick-witted, but ultimately good-natured response did pave way for some more serious criticism of Biden, though. Harris was later asked about Biden's support of a 1994 crime bill. She said, despite her respect for her competitor, she disagrees with his stance that it did not lead to mass incarceration. Tim O'Donnell
Here in Nashua, I asked Senator Kamala Harris to respond to VP Joe Biden's remarks yesterday that the 1994 crime bill did not lead to mass incarceration. Harris told me, "I have a great deal of respect for, for Vice President Joe Biden but, I disagree with him." pic.twitter.com/nAULKN7quD
The House Republican leadership is planning to forge ahead with a Thursday floor vote on the American Health Care Act, the party's proposed health-care bill to replace ObamaCare. As of Wednesday afternoon, the bill is facing long odds in the lower chamber, with more than two dozen GOP members — mostly from the far-right House Freedom Caucus — stating their intention to vote against the bill.
The White House has remained optimistic about the bill's passage, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer saying during Wednesday's press briefing that "member by member, we're seeing tremendous support flow in our direction." Despite the mounting defections, "the count keeps getting stronger for us," Spicer insisted.
Mere hours after Spicer's Wednesday briefing, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) tweeted this:
Republicans can only afford to lose 22 votes in the lower chamber if they want to push the American Health Care Act through. If the bill does pass the House on Thursday, it will move onto the Senate — where it also faces a steep uphill battle. Kimberly Alters