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Dianne Feinstein Still Isn’t Sold on Kamala Harris

Asked last week if the new senator would be a "good president," Feinstein was less than enthusiastic.

By NTK Staff | 03.12.2018 @3:00pm
Dianne Feinstein Still Isn’t Sold on Kamala Harris

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) may be positioning herself for a presidential run, but one key Democrat still isn’t sold on the new senator’s potential. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Harris’s California colleague in the Senate, has repeatedly dodged on whether she would support her partner in a 2020 run.

Just last week, Feinstein avoided a question from Politico about a potential Harris presidency. “Would Harris make a good president? It’s ‘too early’ to talk about 2020, Feinstein said,” Politico reported.

This public skepticism about Harris’s future comes despite the new senator’s strong support of her colleague in the upcoming 2018 election. Feinstein is facing a spirited challenge from the left in the form of State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon. “Harris wants to be a part of the campaign to save her party’s endangered moderates and is enthusiastically backing Feinstein against a liberal challenger,” Politico’s Burgess Everett and Elana Schor wrote.

And it’s not the first time the longtime California senator has dismissed a potential Harris run. In a July New York Times piece, Democrats, including Feinstein, slammed Harris as the national media fawned over her.

“She just got here,” Dianne Feinstein told the Times, when they asked about a potential President Harris.

And other Democrats have criticized Harris’s posturing on critical issues facing the country, according to Everett and Schor:

Her move did not come without a cost. Harris briefly angered Schumer and undercut other Democrats looking to strike an elusive deal on immigration.

“She did some damage with her colleagues,” said one Democratic senator, who insisted on anonymity.

The immigration compromise fell well short of 60 votes, so Harris’ vote was not decisive. Democratic leaders are hopeful that Harris will be there when they need her, said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

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