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Chris Wallace, anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” remarkably claimed on Wednesday that Sen. Kamala Harris is not “far-left” in what appeared to be an attempt to head off Republican criticism.
In an interview with host Sandra Smith, Wallace was asked if he believes that presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden’s selection of the California Democrat will put members of her party “at ease.”
“Yeah, I think so,” Wallace began, describing Harris as a “safe” and moderate pick who should not be labeled as extreme by the GOP.
“She is not far to the left, despite what Republicans are going to try to say,” Wallace added.
That said, Wallace noted further that Harris has taken a “circuitous route” to many of her political positions.
“She was for ‘Medicare for all’ before she was against it,” he said. “But you know, I think she’s a reasonably safe choice. She was the obvious frontrunner. She was the obvious choice. She adds some excitement to the ticket. She’s a statement to African-Americans and especially to African-American women who are the real solid core of the Democratic Party that the party does not take for granted.”
But the Wallace noted that the first duty for a running mate is to “do no harm,” which means the VP selection cannot speak out publicly against the presidential candidate and his platform.
And it’s here where Wallace’s jab at Republicans falls flat.
As BizPac Review reported last month, the Biden campaign has adopted a great deal of Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders’ platform.
“Today, Joe Biden’s unity task force released recommendations for the DNC platform that crib straight from Bernie Sanders’ radical agenda. We found multiple instances of word-for-word copying from Bernie,” GOP rapid response director Steve Guest noted in a July 8 Twitter thread.
“The fact Joe Biden has embraced Bernie Sanders’ radical agenda verbatim is proof that while Bernie may not be the one leading the Democrat Party, Biden is more than happy to be his champion in its lurch to the left,” Guest added.
“Bottom Line: Joe Biden has years of experience copying from others, now his task force is straight up copying from Bernie’s 2020 campaign proposals.”
On “criminal justice reform” for example, the Biden camp adopted the Sanders proposal to federal taxpayer funds “to create a civilian corps of unarmed first responders” including “social workers, EMTs, and trained medical professionals” who would handle “non-violence emergencies” instead of police officers — an idea that is catching on with left-wing Democratic leaders around the country.
The Biden camp also adopted Sanders’ platform to bolster federal funding for Social Security, in order “to adequately resource existing programs, end waitlists, and create new programs to ensure that older adults have the support they need to remain at home and in their communities” — though the Social Security fund is projected to become insolvent in just a few years.
“If the sad Sanders fans are worried about Biden’s support for gun rights, well he’s got a big fat failing grade from the NRA for a consistent record of voting against gun ownership legislation in the Senate. More recently, he made all gun owners nervous when he accepted the endorsement of failed Democratic candidate Beto “Hell Yes” O’Rourke,” Ellie Bufkin noted at Townhall in March.
“Maybe the concern is for women’s rights. Well the man authored the Violence Against Women’s Act in 1994. Climate change? Joe is credited for introducing the very first climate change bill in 1986. He has also campaigned on the somewhat absurd promise of eliminating net greenhouse gasses by 2050,” she added.
“Biden has been no exception on the Democratic Party’s lurch to the left on the hot-button issue of abortion, despite being far out of the mainstream of public opinion,” Tristan Justice wrote at The Federalist in April.
The Republican National Committee reminded supporters in an email Tuesday after Biden announced Harris would be his choice that the two of them support Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical “Green New Deal,” a $93 trillion boondoggle “wishlist to fix what they perceive as all that ails society.”
In addition, the RNC notes that to include “a $600 billion ‘College for All’ proposal” that Harris supported in 2017, then cited promises by both to raise income taxes by an average of $1,400.
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