President Biden was reportedly “torn” when it came to selecting his Vice President and Edward-Isaac Dovere’s new book signals Kamala Harris was not necessarily his first pick. According to Dovere, Biden was torn between Harris and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and his contention stemmed from a 2019 Democrat primary debate.
Fox News reports:
“Two days before Biden announced Harris, he called [House Majority Whip Jim] Clyburn,” Dovere wrote. “A decision that he originally said would be made the first week in August had drifted already well into the second week. He knew, he knew, Biden told Clyburn, and though he was almost there, he was struggling. ‘I’m torn,’ he said, ‘between my head and my heart.’”
During that debate, Harris criticized comments by the former vice president spotlighting his ability to find common ground during the 1970s with segregationist senators with whom he disagreed, and over his opposition decades ago to federally mandated school busing.
“She thought it was a fair hit,” Dovere continued. “This is a debate, she said, and debates were supposed to be about differences. She wasn’t running for VP, despite what so many people – Biden included – assumed. She was running to be president, to beat Biden and everyone else. She wanted everyone to know that. Onstage, she seized her moment.”
“A few minutes later, the moderators paused for a commercial break,” Dovere wrote. “Biden leaned over to Buttigieg, at the podium to his right. They barely knew each other, but Biden was looking for someone to share the moment with. ‘Well,’ he said. ‘That was some f—ing bull—.’”
Watch the moments leading up to Biden’s message to now Transportation Secretary Buttigieg where the debate cut to a commercial break.
Dovere’s book also notes that Biden’s wife Jill took extreme offense to Harris’s attack against Biden and reportedly said to close supporters on the phone for Harris to “go f–k herself.”