Democratic candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was once riding much higher in the polls.
Then in an early debate in July, Harris came up against Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) who blasted her record as California’s attorney general and San Francisco’s district attorney.
From Business Insider:
“I’m concerned about this record of senator Harris. She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said at the debate.
Gabbard continued: “She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California, and she fought to keep cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.”
Harris mocked Gabbard, saying that she, Harris, was a top-tier candidate and basically Gabbard was being jealous.
But the run-in with Gabbard caused Harris’ poll number to take a deep dive following the debate, from about 17% to 5% in August and she’s never gained it back. She’s now polling not far above Gabbard.
Now, Tulsi has set her sights on another candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is running at the top of the polls with former Vice President Joe Biden. And what she says is not likely to help Warren.
From Free Beacon:
“I haven’t seen much come from her in the way of what kind of leadership and decision-making that she would bring to that most important responsibility of the president has as commander in chief,” Gabbard told Rising host Krystal Ball. “And just as a soldier and an American that’s very concerning for me.”
Ball asked Gabbard if she thought Warren was prepared to be commander in chief on Thursday, just two days after Gabbard qualified for the October Democratic debate.
Gabbard added voters will ask all the presidential candidates about their preparedness and experience when it comes to foreign policy. She questioned Warren’s readiness to handle such issues given the former Harvard law professor’s focus on domestic issues.
She added that the president should have “the kind of foresight and judgment that we’ve seen leaders from across both party lines have lacked for far too long.”
Ouch. That’s going to leave a mark.
But so true.
Warren is completely focused on a far-left domestic position and it would be hard to imagine her doing justice to the position of commander in chief. Those are two very big liabilities for Democrats if they ultimately decide on Warren as their nominee.
The possibility of Warren being the nominee is also making Wall Street Democrats who are donors very nervous as well. Warren counts that as an asset in the primary, for helping with the leftist base. But it’s not very helpful for encouraging donors to part with their cash and get behind her. And it isn’t going to help Democrats if these folks flee the party to support Trump, as some have indicated they might. That sounds like great news for President Donald Trump.
Right now people are focused on a lot of the flaws of Joe Biden.
But Gabbard is shining a brighter light on the inadequacies of Warren.
And it’s only going to get tougher on her as we go forward.