Vice President Kamala Harris faced tough questions during a heated interview on NBC’s Today addressing President Joe Biden’s remarks on the integrity of the upcoming 2022 midterms.
“He openly cast doubt on whether the 2022 midterm elections would be legitimate,” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie said.
“He said it all depends, which is astonishing to hear a president question whether our elections will be legitimate. We’ve heard it before, but not from this president. Is he really concerned that we may not have fair and free elections?”
“The president has been consistent on this issue,” Harris replied.
“And the issue at hand, the issue—I was there last night in the chamber of the Senate, and the issue is that there are two bills, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, that have been the solution that has been offered to address the fact that around our country states have put in place laws that are purposely making it more difficult for the American people to vote.”
Harris continued, saying the impact of those laws would be felt by “at least 55 million Americans regardless of their party affiliation, their race, their gender or their geographic location,” before Guthrie interjected.
“To the point though because those bills were debated—the bills were debated and they didn’t pass,” Guthrie said as Harris continued speaking.
“If I may finish,” Harris said.
“Of course,” Guthrie replied. “But the specific question if you don’t mind. Does he think now that these bills haven’t been passed that the ’22 midterms won’t be legitimate or fair or free?”
“Let’s not conflate issues,” Harris said.
“We, as America, cannot afford to allow this blatant erosion of our democracy and in particular the right of all Americans who are eligible to vote to have access to the ballot unfettered.”
The vice president said people shouldn’t be distracted by “political gamesmanship” but did not say whether Biden believed the midterms would be legitimate or not.