Pete Buttigieg Rejects ‘Rivalry’ Story With Kamala Harris As Her Approval Tanks

Transport secretary Pete Buttigieg rejected the story that there is a rivalry between him and the vice president Kamala Harris because her poll numbers have fallen and some have speculated that he could rise another presidential campaign in 2024.

President Joe Biden has said publicly that he expects to run for a second term in the White House, but because of his age and sink approval rating, some analysts have suggested he will step aside and allow another Democratic candidate instead. While Harris, as vice president, would be seen by many as the number one choice, her poll numbers are even worse than Biden’s. what to speculate about a Buttigieg campaign.

The White House, Harris and now Buttigieg have publicly rejected all reports of internal tensions within the administration. The transportation secretary was asked about the matter during a Sunday interview with: NBC News’ Meet the press.

“Every time something is written about the political position of Vice President Kamala Harris, your name seems to be in every one of those articles. Has it affected your relationship with the Vice President at all, that it seems like there was a tale of rivalry is developing? between the two of you?” host Chuck Todd asked Buttigieg.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday dismissed reports of a rivalry between him and Vice President Kamala Harris. In this photo, Buttigieg speaks at the COP26 event on November 10 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Buttigieg declined the suggestion. “No, because she and I are part of a team that is disciplined and doesn’t focus on what obsesses the commentators. We’re too busy with a job,” he responded.

The Biden government official said he and Harris are “laser-focused to get the job done,” adding that “there’s no room to get caught up in the parlor games” and that he’s “proud to be a part of the Biden- Harris team.”

news week contacted the White House for further comment, but received no immediate response.

Biden started his presidency with an appreciation of more than 50 percent among the American public. That rating has fallen sharply in the past year as a number of crises have plagued his government. The current FiveThirtyEight average from recent polls shows that 42.5 percent of Americans approve of the president.

Meanwhile, Harris has seen an even bigger drop in her approval rating. In April, FiveThirtyEight had the vice president’s average approval rating north of 55 percent. That number has dropped rapidly to just 36.9 percent at this point.

While there has been speculation that Biden – who will be 81 at the time of the next presidential election – will step aside, Harris said last week that they are not currently talking about the 2024 election. Asked by ABC News Whether the next presidential election was a topic of conversation between her and Biden, Harris replied: “Absolutely not.”

Harris and Buttigieg were both unsuccessful for the Democratic presidential nomination ahead of the 2020 election. They eventually quit and endorsed Biden.

Harris her campaign suspended in early December 2019, before the primary and primary elections were underway. Buttigieg – the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana – ended his presidential bid and endorsed Biden early March after the now president decisively won in the Democratic primary in South Carolina.

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