(ConservativeInsider.org) – In a typical administration, a political party often pushes the vice president forward as the likely next presidential candidate should the current president not run again. However, in the case of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, this seems to not be the case. Instead, some White House aides are talking about the potential of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg considering the ticket, and senior officials are choosing not to stop the rumors.
According to various reports from CNN, POLITICO, and The Wall Street Journal, Harris and Biden have not been seeing eye to eye for quite some time. As both of their approval ratings continue to fall, some Democrats are looking to Buttigieg to fill their shoes.
The current transportation secretary has risen from the mayor of South Bend, Indiana through the ranks to his current position. Many consider him one of the most powerful members of Biden’s cabinet and the party’s rising star. While Democrats once considered Harris the shoo-in pick for their next presidential candidate, the thought of pushing forward the openly-gay Buttigieg is now gaining momentum for the 2024 or 2028 ticket. This, apparently, doesn’t sit right with Harris and her staffers, who allegedly take issue with Biden’s support of Buttigieg in some sort of political favoritism.
Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs shared more speculation about the pair’s future:
Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg could agree to run together in 2024 if Biden does not run again, giving the Democratic Party a very strong ticket that would seem like a natural continuation of Biden's first term, writes @LincolnMitchell.@CNNOpinion | https://t.co/VlBR3t2Ueg pic.twitter.com/QMHz9rF2Sm
— Columbia | SIPA (@ColumbiaSIPA) November 26, 2021
As the 2022 midterms loom on the horizon, Democrats are scrambling to find a new face for their party in order to bring hope and fervor to the next election cycle. A potential Buttigieg/Harris ticket could do just the trick, but Americans will have to wait and see just how this all plays out.
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