by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D., N.Y.) defended Kamala Harris on Sunday after former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to say whether she believes the vice president is “the best running mate” for President Biden.
During Jeffries’s appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, host Jonathan Karl asked about Pelosi’s comments from earlier this week.
“Far be it for me to ever speak for Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi, the greatest speaker of all times,” Jeffries said. “She’s very capable of answering that question on our own.”
“I will say that Vice President Harris has been a great vice president. She’ll be a great running mate. She has been a tremendous partner in the things that President Biden has been able to accomplish, which have been phenomenal,” he said.
Jeffries went on to say Harris has been a key figure in advancing the president’s policy agenda over the last two years, including “fixing our crumbling infrastructure, clean water in every single community [and] bringing domestic manufacturing jobs back home to the United States of America.”
“President Biden has led that effort. House Democrats and Senate Democrats have worked with the administration, they got those things done. Vice President Harris has been a tremendous partner,” he said.
Jeffries’ comments come after Pelosi offered a less-generous take on Harris during an interview with Anderson Cooper on Wednesday when the CNN host asked if Harris is the best running mate for Biden.
“He thinks so, and that’s what matters,” Pelosi said.
Cooper pressed Pelosi to say whether she also thinks so, leading Pelosi to once again dodge the question and instead say, “I don’t think people give her enough credit,” Pelosi said. “People don’t understand, she’s politically astute. Why would she be vice president if she were not?”