Must See: Is Kamala Setting Up A Challenge To GOP Wave In 2022

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 22 January 2022 16:45
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Vice President Kamala Harris faced a flurry of questions about the failed voting rights legislation, 2022 midterms, COVID, and weak polling during less-friendly-than-usual network interview airing Thursday morning on the one year anniversary of her and President Biden's inauguration.

During a Today show interview, she suggested that the Administration is concerned about the 2022 midterms being fair after Republicans blocked the two pieces of voting legislation on Wednesday.

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Biden was asked if the midterm elections would be "legitimate" to which he responded that "it all depends," likely referencing whether the voting rights package passed later that evening, which it did not.

"Is [Biden] really concerned that we may not have fair and free elections?" Today host Savannah Guthrie asked the Vice President.

"The President has been consistent on this issue," Harris replied. "And the issue is that there are two bills – the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act – that have been the solution that has been offered to address the fact that around our country, states have put in place laws that are purposely making it more difficult for the American people to vote," she explained.

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She pressed that the laws failing would be felt by 55 million Americans from all political parties and of all socioeconomic persuasions.

Guthrie and Harris then got into a cross-talk match where the Vice President asked to be able to finish her statement before the host was able to push her on the matter.

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"The specific question, if you don't mind – does he think, now that these bills haven't been passed, that the '22 midterms won't be legitimate or fair or free?" Guthrie pressed.

"Let's not conflate issues," Harris responded before trying to walk back on suggesting there may be concerns over the fairness of the midterm elections.

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White House Press Secretary was forced into clean-up duty Thursday morning as she tried to backtrack on what Biden asserted Wednesday and what Harris reiterated in her Wednesday morning media blitz.

"Let's be clear: @potus was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election," Psaki tweeted. 'He was making the opposite point: In 2020, a record number of voters turned out in the face of a pandemic, and election officials made sure they could vote and have those votes counted."

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She continued: "He was explaining that the results would be illegitimate if states do what the former President asked them to do after the 2020 election: toss out ballots and overturn results after the fact. The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk. We're fighting to protect it."

The Vice President also shrugged off a question about whether the Administration believes they have the Coronavirus pandemic under control in a separate interview Thursday morning with CBS Mornings.

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