Watch: Pete Buttigieg Defends The Kamala-Biden Rift

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 22 November 2021 16:45

On Sunday, Pete Buttigieg once again attempted to shut down rumors of a feud between himself and Kamala Harris, insisting his relationship with the vice president isn't affected by reports.

"She and I are part of a team that is disciplined and doesn't focus on what's obsessing the commentators," the Transportation secretary told Chuck Todd, NBC's Meet the Press host. 'We're too busy with a job to do.'

"There's no room to get caught up in the parlor games and I'm proud to be part of the Biden-Harris team," Buttigieg added.

Rumors and gossip have circulated of tensions rising with President Joe Biden and the vice president amid reports of growing frustration between their teams this month.

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The reports have also suggested a sort of rivalry between Harris and Buttigieg. Some claim her team feels the president defends the Transportation secretary more than he does the vice president.

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Since the reports emerged, Harris and Biden have exhibited their partnership. On Monday's signing of the bipartisan infrastructure bill the two put on a show of force when walking out onto the South Lawn together and exchanging hugs.

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Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain tweeted out a declaration that Harris is an 'incredible leader'.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki argued Harris receives more criticism because of her status as a woman of color and the country's first female and first black vice president.

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Rumors have surfaced claiming that Biden, if he runs again in 2024, could replace Harris with Buttigieg.

The president has publicly said he intends to run again and there has been anonymous chatter among Democrats that he should consider replacing Harris if he does.

There's additional speculation that if he doesn't run again, Harris would not be the strongest contender to replace him. Some have suggested that Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, who ran for president in 2020, would be a better candidate for the nomination.

Biden refrained from naming Harris or Buttigieg as the point person in charge of implementing his infrastructure plan, the role he played for Barack Obama in 2009 for stimulus money distribution. Instead, the president named former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in charge of carrying out where the money goes.

Harris did not answer when questioned about plans for 2024 when asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired on Good Morning America Thursday.

Harris opened her response by listing tasks she had done Wednesday - the day the interview was taped - including beginning the day with Biden at the presidential daily briefing and attending meetings.

When Stephanopoulos asked her again about her 2024 ambitions, she definitively maintained it had not been discussed.

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