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From Believing Accusers to Felons Voting, Here Are My Harris Questions for Biden

By Jenny Beth Martin | August 14, 2020 | 2:01pm EDT
Sen. Kamala Harris participates in a debate. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Sen. Kamala Harris participates in a debate. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

At last, Joe Biden has announced his pick for the VP slot – it’s California Sen. Kamala Harris – and that means it’s time for a list of questions for the former vice president.

To wit: 

Sen. Harris has said she believes the women who accused you of unwanted touching, saying, “I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.” Did you ask her during your conversations with her over the vice presidential nomination if she still believes those women, and, if so, what did she say? 

In the first Democratic debate of the primary season, in the summer of 2019, Sen. Harris said to you that “it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country,” and said that “you also worked with them to oppose busing,” meaning, federal efforts to integrate public schools by transporting black school children into mostly white schools. You did not express regret during the debate for your “hurtful” comments. During the course of your conversations with her over the vice presidential nomination, did you apologize to her for speaking those “hurtful” words, and, if so, did she accept your apology? 

Sen. Harris was one of the first Democratic senators to co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” government takeover of healthcare, which has been costed out at $32 trillion, before partially retreating from the plan. Have you discussed this with her, and have you come to an understanding of what plan (or plans) she supports, how much it will cost, and how much healthcare freedom individual Americans will be required to sacrifice upon its enactment? 

When Sen. Harris partially retracted her support for Sen. Sanders’ “Medicare for All” plan, she said she had misunderstood the question and said she thought she was being asked if she would personally give up her own private insurance plan to join Medicare. That stretches the bounds of credulity. Did you discuss this contradiction with her, and ask her to explain more fully, and, if so, how did she explain herself? 

In April 2019, on CNN, Sen. Harris answered a question about voting rights for convicted felons who are still incarcerated (including the Boston Marathon bomber) by nodding her head and saying, “we should have that conversation.” Do you believe we should allow convicted felons who are still serving their sentences to have their voting rights restored? 

Sen. Harris voted twice against even considering a bill that would have required an abortionist to provide medical care to a baby born alive after an attempted abortion. Do you share her belief in a completely unlimited “right” to abortion, even past the moment of birth?  

In 2004, as the district attorney of San Francisco, Harris decided – because of her personal opposition to the death penalty – not to seek the death penalty in the case of David Hill, a reputed gang member who shot and killed San Francisco police officer Isaac Espinoza. Your so-called “evolution” on capital punishment last year is well known. Having once supported capital punishment, but now having shifted your position to oppose it, do you share her opposition to the death penalty even for gang members who kill police officers?  

Sen. Harris announced her support for sanctuary city policies more than a dozen years ago, when she was still San Francisco’s district attorney. Your support for sanctuary cities appears to be more recent. Did you discuss sanctuary city policies with Sen. Harris, and, if so, would you care to share with us what she had to say on the subject? 

Even though she’s been in public office for almost two decades, Sen. Harris is still, in many ways, a cipher. And even though he’s been in public office for almost five decades, former Vice President Biden is, in many ways, a cipher, too. We’ve got just over 80 days before a consequential election. It’s time for the media to start asking serious questions. 

Jenny Beth Martin is president of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund.  

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