In a recent interview with CNN, Vice President Kamala Harris acknowledged the challenge of securing re-election in the face of numerous polls indicating a lead for former President Donald Trump over President Joe Biden in hypothetical election scenarios.
"Were going to have to earn our re-elect, theres no doubt about it," Harris stated, responding to a question regarding these recent polls.
Several recent surveys, including a new NBC News poll, have shown Biden lagging behind Trump in potential 2024 match-ups. The NBC poll, in particular, showed Trump with a slight edge, albeit within the margin of error.
Harris, during her conversation with CNN, emphasized the democratic principle of candidates needing to effectively present their case to the electorate. "It is absolutely right in a democracy with free and fair elections that the candidates, the people who want to continue in leadership have to make their case, and have to make it effectively," she said. "And that means communicating in such a way that the message is received about the accomplishments and what we care about."
The Vice President further expressed her commitment to engaging with the public and communicating the administration's achievements. "I have a great sense of duty and responsibility to do as much as I can, to be where the people are and to not only speak with them, but listen to them and let them know what weve accomplished," she added.
However, CNN reported that Harris has faced difficulties with communication and messaging, citing an instance where a scheduled speech to core party members at a Democratic National Committee meeting was replaced with a fireside chat moderated by her outside adviser and former DNC chair Donna Brazile.
In the interview, Harris also addressed the administration's efforts to connect with Black voters, suggesting that their list of accomplishments was extensive. "Actually, probably theres a hindrance, in that the list is really long, and we have to triage around what we repeat over and over again to make sure that it resonates and its actually heard," she said.
When asked why younger generations should identify with a President significantly older than their grandparents, Harris responded, "It is they who are going to either benefit from or pay the price."
Earlier in November, Harris had acknowledged the uphill battle for re-election. "The president and I obviously have a lot of work to do to earn our re-election. But I am confident we're going to win," she said.