Joe Biden and His Notes on Kamala Harris: 'Do Not Hold Grudges'

July 29, 2020, 04.10 PM
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Last year, as Trump faced impeachment for pressuring Ukraine officials to help his reelection by finding dirt on Biden, the president had notes that read: “I want nothing” and “I want no quid pro quo.”

Biden's list, at the least, suggests that he wants to defuse any tensions around his relationship with Kamala Harris.

As reflected in his notes, Kamala has become a reliable surrogate for Biden, appearing with him in online fundraisers amid the unusual social distancing standards forced on the campaign by the coronavirus pandemic.

As recently as last week, Harris headlined her own event for Joe.

One focused on the Raleigh area in North Carolina, a battleground state where Harris' dual appeal to Black voters and college-educated white women could boost Democrats' prospects.

Joe Biden ultimately did not field a question specifically about the former state attorney general.

A spokesperson for Kamala Harris did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In just his third extended news conference in four months, Biden also sidestepped specific questions about the timing of his decision on a running mate, an approach reflected in another entry on Biden's notepad.

Under the heading “VP,” Biden wrote “highly qualified” and “diverse group,” signifying his intention not to tease out any more details.

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