Harris defends Biden when asked if he or Manchin is president
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“So who is the real president of this country, is it Joe Manchin or Joe Biden, Madam Vice President?” Charlamagne tha God asked Harris on Comedy Central’s “Tha God’s Honest Truth,” in a clip released ahead of the interview which airs Friday.
“Come on Charlamagne. Come on, it’s Joe Biden,” Harris told the late-night talk show host. “I can’t say it sometimes,” he retorted, before Harris cut him off.
“No, no, no, no. It’s Joe Biden. It’s Joe Biden. And don’t start talking like a Republican asking if he’s president or not, it’s Joe Biden and I’m vice- President. My name is Kamala Harris, “she said.
Harris recited a list of accomplishments she believes this administration has accomplished, but acknowledged the “frustration” felt among Americans who say this list of accomplishments is not enough.
“Okay, I hear the frustration, but let’s not deny the impact we’ve had and also agree that there’s still a lot of work to be done and it’s not easy to do. But we don’t. will not give up and I will not give up, “she added.
Harris, in another clip released from the interview, said it was a mistake to blame only Democrats for not embracing the president’s priorities, leaving the blame instead on Republicans.
“I think it’s a mistake to try to think of this only through the prism of Democrats versus Democrats when the point is that Republicans are consistently and unanimously blocking progress,” Harris said. “So let’s focus on where it really needs to be, which is how it is today and in this year of our Lord 2021 in America and on some fundamental issues like maintaining our democracy, we cannot get bipartisan support. ”
Democratic leaders initially pushed for a Senate vote on Build Back Better before Christmas, but action on the legislation has been delayed for various reasons. Earlier this week, CNN reported that the critical talks between Biden and Manchin, a decisive vote, were far from a resolution on a series of issues. Lawmakers are also grappling with how to resolve political disputes such as how to deal with a controversial state and local government tax deduction and the legislation is not yet finalized.
“My team and I have ongoing discussions with Senator Manchin; this work will continue next week,” Biden said in the statement.
“It takes time to finalize these agreements, prepare legislative changes and complete all parliamentary and procedural steps necessary to allow a vote in the Senate,” he continued. “We will move this work forward together over the coming days and weeks; Chief (Chuck) Schumer and I are committed to seeing the bill successfully on the ground as soon as possible.”
The President, however, reiterated that he still believed the bill would eventually pass.
CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Clare Foran contributed to this report.
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