President Joe Biden is known for his verbal missteps, but Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden’s heir presumptive, is providing Republican operatives with just as much fodder before the 2022 midterm elections and a second possible White House campaign.
Harris, whose communications shop has experienced quick-clip turnover, raised eyebrows this week with another instance of clunky speech-writing and awkward delivery.
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“When we talk about our children — I know for this group, we all believe that when we talk about the children of the community, they are a children of the community,” she said Monday during a mental health and wellness event at Children’s National Hospital.
Other than her explanation of the Russia-Ukraine war as a conflict between “a country in Europe” that “exists next to another country called Russia,” which is “a bigger country,” here is a nondefinitive list of some of Harris’s more interesting comments:
But will we work together?
Earlier this month, Harris addressed Association of Southeast Asian Nations delegates at the State Department. She told the southeast Asia-focused conference that it and the United States hold a “shared belief that our world is increasingly more interconnected and interdependent.”
“That is especially true when it comes to the climate crisis, which is why we will work together and continue to work together to address these issues, to tackle these challenges, and to work together as we continue to work, operating from the new norms, rules, and agreements that we will convene to work together on to galvanize global action,” she said.
“With that, I thank you all,” Harris added. “This is a matter of urgent priority for all of us, and I know we will work on this together.”
KAMALA: “We will work together, and continue to work together, to address these issues, to tackle these challenges, and to work together as we continue to work operating from the new norms, rules, and agreements, that we will convene to work together…We will work together” pic.twitter.com/AblARhoSQj
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 15, 2022
Harris’s ASEAN appearance was similar to a January NBC News interview during which she was asked whether Biden should adapt his COVID-19 pandemic strategy.
“It is time for us to do what we have been doing, and that time is every day,” she said. “Every day, it is time for us to agree that there are things and tools that are available to us.”
The passage of time is significant
During a trip to Louisiana’s Sunset Community Center in March, Harris touted Biden administration funding to improve high-speed internet access and affordability but was candid regarding the timeline for the projects.
“We were all doing a tour of the library here and talking about the significance of the passage of time,” she told the crowd. “Right? The significance of the passage of time.”
“So when you think about it, there is great significance to the passage of time in terms of what we need to do to lay these wires, what we need to do to create these jobs,” Harris went on. “And there is such great significance to the passage of time when we think about a day in the life of our children and what that means to the future of our nation, depending on whether or not they have the resources they need to achieve their God-given talent.”
KAMALA HARRIS: “The significance of the passage of time, right? The significance of the passage of time. So when you think about it, there is great significance to the passage of time…there is such great significance to the passage of time.” pic.twitter.com/jUsnyNiSpB
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 21, 2022
A month later, Harris told MSNBC host Joy Reid that there “is a community in the Mississippi Delta that has a long history of being part of America’s history.”
Northern flank? Eastern flank?
Before Harris’s southern swing, she visited Poland and Romania during the height of Russia’s Ukraine onslaught to demonstrate U.S. support of NATO’s eastern flank.
“I am here, standing here on the northern flank, on the eastern flank, talking about what we have in terms of the eastern flank and our NATO allies and what is at stake at this very moment,” Harris said beside Polish President Andrzej Duda, correcting herself.
She added, “What is at stake this very moment are some of the guiding principles around the NATO alliance and, in particular, the issue and the importance of defending sovereignty and territorial integrity, in this case, of Ukraine.”
Later that week, her Democratic National Committee winter meeting remark transcript was corrected to underscore that Ukraine is not a NATO member.
“So I will say what I know we all say, and I will say over and over again: The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people [and] in defense of the NATO alliance,” it read.
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Harris’s trip followed her defending not traveling to the southern border, despite her illegal migration root causes portfolio, by asserting to NBC News that she had also not flown to Europe.