How much do you know about Kamala Harris?
It is an important question as there has never been an election in which there was a higher likelihood that the Vice Presidential candidate would eventually become President.
You merely have to look at Joe Biden's age, his past medical history and his diminished mental abilities to understand the probabilities.
Most people had limited exposure to Harris during the Democrat nomination process since she dropped out of the race over a month before the first primary votes were taken due to poor polling numbers and weak financial support.
|Kamala Harris at one of the Democrat debates in 2019 before she dropped out of the Presidential race|
The Vice Presidential debate Wednesday night will undoubtedly provide many voters with the closest look at Harris they have had.
However, we are only talking about 90 minutes of air time in what will be a carefully staged performance.
What do we really know about Kamala Harris?
The most important thing to know about Harris is that she is undoubtedly the most far-left candidate to ever appear on the ticket of a major political party.
For example, here are the 2019 ideology scores for Senators done by govtrack.us. A score of 1.00 would be a pure conservative on every issue. A score of 0.00 is a pure liberal.
Kamala Harris was judged to be the most liberal member of the United States Senate in 2019 in this ranking.
Harris was further left than Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand or Cory Booker who also ran for President. She was much further left than Elizabeth Warren or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Here are the scores for those ranked furthest to the left in the Senate in 2019. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee had the highest conservative score. She was a 1.00 on the scale to Harris' 0.00.
The platform that Harris ran on for President reflects these far-left views.
- She was in favor of the Green New Deal.
- She was strongly in favor of gun control and wanted to see mandatory gun buy backs for "assault weapons".
- She wanted to substantially reduce the defense budget.
- She was in favor of some form of reparations for African Americans.
- She was in favor of free college at public institutions.
- She was in favor of abolishing the death penalty.
- She was in favor of re-examining ICE and was opposed to building the border wall. She wants to allow more refugees and immigrants into the United States and is against sending illegal aliens home. In fact, she compared ICE to the KKK.
- She was in favor of decriminalizing illegal border crossings.
- She was in favor of providing free health care coverage to illegal immigrants.
- She was in favor of a $15 national minimum wage
- She was in favor of abortion up to the time of birth.
- She was in favor of repealing most of the Trump tax cuts and would like new taxes on banks and financial institutions.
- She was is favor of reinstating the Iran nuclear deal.
- She was against the China tariffs and also opposed the new USMCA trade agreement that replaced NAFTA.
- She was a co-sponsor of Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill that would have eliminated private health insurance and required a new payroll tax on employers and employees to fund the cost on top of the current FICA taxes. When criticized about eliminating the option for private insurance during the campaign she changed her position and stated she was open to merely creating a "public option".
Harris’ shifting positions on key policy matters undermined her short-lived run for the presidency. A former California attorney general and district attorney, Harris faced criticism over a prosecutorial record that doesn’t always match with the progressive positions she espouses today. On health care, her waffling on “Medicare for All” during the presidential primary revealed a candidate torn between appealing to progressives demanding structural change and moderates favoring incrementalism — and satisfying none in the process.
|President and Mrs. Trump in the Oval Office with Amy Coney Barrett and family|