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Kamala Uses Health Issues To Assert Leading Role

Kamala Harris is using Covid and other health issues to help carve out a role beyond 'making sure Joe Biden is a success.' 'Nothing about Kamala Harris is number two,' a longtime friend said.

ABC NEWS – As vice president, Joe Biden oversaw an array of issues important to the Obama administration: implementing an economic recovery act, shaping foreign policy from Iraq to Ukraine, and strengthening cancer research.

But now that Biden is president, his vice president, Kamala Harris, asked in a recent Axios interview what her signature issue would be, replied she has one focus:

“Making sure Joe Biden is a success.”

Harris has spent her first month as vice president largely at Biden’s side, ever present with him at signing events and speeches, watching and following his lead while only starting to whittle away at a separate portfolio for herself.

It is a delicate, new role for someone used to being in charge, as a senator from California and the state’s attorney general — one she has said she is basing off how Biden himself handled eight years in the office she now holds.

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She has yet to take on a specific set of issues beyond promoting whatever Biden is focused on — which so far, has largely consisted of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

But Harris’s engagements so far have, in fact, nodded to her historic role as the first woman, Black person and person of South Asian descent to serve as vice president, particularly by encouraging Black Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

‘The last voice in the room’

Biden has made clear he wants Harris — with whom he sparred during the Democratic presidential primary — to model her approach after his own eight years as President Barack Obama’s vice president.

When Biden appeared with Harris for the first time after selecting her as his running mate in August, he recounted how, when then-Sen. Barack Obama chose him as his vice presidential running mate:

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“I told him I wanted to be the last person in the room before he made the important decisions.”

“That’s what I asked Kamala,” Biden said. “I asked Kamala to be the last voice in the room, to always tell me the truth … ” Click source below to read more. 

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