Questions about President Joe Biden’s ability to lead due to his age and health have perpetuated since his candidacy, but there are those who point to Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan as a “demonstrable fact” of incapability.

According to the latest RealClear Politics (RCP) poll dated 8/14 to 8/26, Biden has a 47.4% approval rating and a 48.4% disapproval rating. Kamala Harris, on the other hand, has a lower approval rating at 41.3% with a disapproval rating of 49.3% RCP shows. 

RealClear Politics job approval polling of President Joe Biden.

While it is debatable whether a Kamala Harris presidency is imminent, the Lynnwood Times wanted to take a look at presidential succession and what—if anything—could change with Harris in charge.

There have only been nine vice presidents who have succeeded the president throughout the history of the United States. The most recent example is Gerald Ford becoming president after the resignation of Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974 following his impending impeachment from the Watergate scandal. Nixon’s example is also the only resignation—the other eight succeeded due to the death of the president.

Provided the individual meets the constitutional requirements to serve as president, the current line of succession for the president is:

  1. Vice President, Kamala Harris
  2. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi
  3. President pro tempore of the Senate, Patrick Leahy
  4. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken
  5. Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen
  6. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin
  7. Attorney General, Merrick Garland
  8. Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland
  9. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack
  10. Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo
  11. Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh
  12. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra 
  13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia Fudge
  14. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg
  15. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm (ineligible—naturalized citizen, not natural-born)
  16. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona
  17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough
  18. Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas (ineligible—naturalized citizen, not natural-born)
Kamala Harris presidency
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris

As for a Kamala Harris presidency, there is no clear agenda she would focus on. Harris did personally request to tackle Republican efforts at voting restriction and has essentially become the face of the Southern border migrant crisis, but this is under Biden’s administration. That being said, in the past, Harris has supported measures Biden has not. 

Harris was a co-sponsor for Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill in 2017, whereas Biden has been vocal for his support of bolstering Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Harris was also a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal which called for restructuring the American economy to tackle the increasing effects of climate change. While Biden calls the Green New Deal a “crucial framework,” his climate plan calls for transitioning to clean and renewable in ways that can boost the American economy.

Harris is in-line with most Democrats on gun control measures, reproductive rights and repealing Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but, like Biden, has not supported calls to defund the police. Likely stemming from her background as a prosecutor and California’s attorney general, she did say “reimagining how we do public safety in America” was needed. 

Arguably, Harris’ largest controversy prior to her run for the Democratic presidential nomination and her time as vice president was in 2018: when she compared Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the Ku Klux Klan during a Senate hearing.

This is all speculative, but a Kamala Harris presidency has the potential to be more left-leaning than Biden’s. Will it come to pass? Who can say for sure.

George Ftikas Jr.

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7 thoughts on “Is a Kamala Harris presidency on the horizon?

  • September 29, 2021 at 7:31 AM
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    Poor reporting.
    Harris did support defund police in 2020

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  • September 1, 2021 at 4:43 PM
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    It’s such shallow reporting (or just plain laziness) to write about what Harris has claimed to support instead of what she has actually followed through with and brought to fruition. It’s great for you to talk about all the wonderful things she “co-sponsored” but you need to play the tape to the end… the end where she ultimately went 180 degrees opposite! She’s a camilian who parrots whatever her current audience has expressed as important to them!

    I can understand why, as someone who is very active in the political landscape, I’ve never heard of your organization.

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  • August 31, 2021 at 3:44 PM
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    Giggling Kamala would be even worse then snoozing Biden. This is what happens when you let the press run your country. People voted for Biden simply because they were exhausted with the press hate of Trump. Never mind that Trump was the first president to actually increase labor Participation, and decrease homelessness in our country…..our Labor Participation is off the charts low now. And of course eh advertised the day of evacuation, and got 13 Marines killed, and left American civilians behind, because he simply doesn’t care. He wanted to be known as the man who got us out of Afghanistan for the good press. Then he had the nerve to talk about the loss of his own son when talking to the families of the marines he killed.

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