Vice President Kamala Harris jetted out to California to stump for Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom as his recall election next Tuesday draws near. She had to postpone her earlier scheduled stop in the Golden State after 13 U.S. service members were killed in the suicide bomb attack on the Kabul airport gates on August 26. Now that the administration feels safer considering the Afghanistan catastrophe as history, President Joe Biden plans to join in on the California electioneering.
On Wednesday, Harris spent her time with Newsom attacking Republicans and leading replacement candidate Larry Elder to take the state “backward” on abortion, women’s rights, and immigrant policy. She claimed that the outcome of the recall election would reverberate throughout the nation.
Even as polling has moved in recent days in favor of Newsom escaping recall, national Democrats have continued to travel to California to defend Newsom and attempt to rally Democratic supporters to vote “No” on the recall initiative.
Republicans have criticized the decisions of Biden and Harris to join Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in pitching in to help the embattled governor and the party at large. At the same time, Americans are still trapped in war-torn Afghanistan. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) summed it up in a tweet by simply saying, “Priorities.”
There is something to be said for the urgency that the Democratic National Party must be feeling about next week’s election. After all, when you are down to Joe Biden on the Rolodex, things may not be going as great as everyone says. There may be a California sighting of former President Barack Obama before all is said and done next week.
Larry Elder spoke with reporters on Wednesday as well. When asked about whether he had any concerns about the integrity of the recall election, he said there may be “shenanigans, as there were in the 2020 election.” Elder also had to evade a physical attack from an egg-throwing woman wearing a gorilla mask in Los Angeles earlier in the day.