Vice President Kamala Harris said she would be “proud” to run with President Biden again if he seeks re-election – and backed his comments calling “MAGA Republicans” a threat to the country.
“The president has been very clear about his intention to run again,” Harris said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an interview that aired Sunday. “And if he does, I will proudly run with him.”
She defended Biden’s recent characterization of “MAGA” — or former President Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again movement — as a growing threat that directly endangers the county’s political institutions.
Biden, during a pair of stump speeches in the Midwest last week, slammed the “Trumpies” and the “MAGA Republicans.” The speeches came just days after a politically charged prime-time speech that portrayed “MAGA” political forces as a threat to American democratic values.
Harris said the president has a demonstrable record of bipartisanship, but argued the current climate calls for a unified front against fringe elements.
“There are times when we also have to agree, all good people who care about our country, that there are those who right now are clearly not standing up for our democracy,” she said. “And I think we want our Commander-in-Chief, the President of the United States, to speak up and sound the alarm about what that means for our strength and our future, let alone our integrity.”
Asked to compare external and internal terrorist threats in light of the 21st anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on Sunday, Harris called them distinct but of comparable severity.
“They are very different,” she said. “Each is dangerous and extremely harmful. But they are different.
Recalling her time in Congress, the former California senator said she and her colleagues have set aside partisanship in the face of international terrorist threats.
“When I think about what we’ve seen in terms of attacks from within, I wish we approached it the same way,” she said. “As Americans. instead of going through a partisan lens.
The vice president said deepening national fissures were undermining the country’s international standing.
“We present ourselves as a model. which means the rest of the world – like any role model – is watching what we do to see if it matches what we say,” she said.
In his first long interview in months, Harris claimed that “election deniers” and those who downplay the Jan. 6 insurrection send the message that the country no longer respects the “sanctity” of American institutions.
While questions about her role in the White House and her relationship with Biden have lingered, Harris said the two have become close.
“There’s a lot of family talk,” she said. “We talk about our hopes, we talk about our dreams, we talk about the things that concern us, that worry us. The things that motivate us about everything we do.