A few recent articles have made it appear that Kamala Harris’ absence from question and answer periods with the press is getting noticed. Yesterday September 28th at Shaw University in North Carolina she once again left quickly without taking questions from a group of reporters who were her only audience. What an opportunity to field questions and probably from a selected group who would have lobbed “softballs”.
Apparently she has not participated in a formal press conference since she was nominated, although she has spoken to friendly outlets. (BET, MSNBC and CNN). Even the more liberal media are noticing her absence/avoidance.
ABC News' Jonathan Karl tweeted, "A candidate for Vice President should be answering questions regularly." in response to Shivaram of CNN tweet about the time elapsed and the time before election. If you search for Jonathan Karl you will see that he not a Trump fan by any stretch of the imagination and CNN is not known as a conservative beacon either.
Daily Beast reporter Sam Stein, "The Biden campaign’s reluctance to talk to the press is not just annoying (though it’s that), it’s bad for our system of governance (especially during COVID) and has a foul stench of insecurity."
Reporters from liberal outlets are annoyed, but Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson isn’t surprised. “Kamala Harris is as much a gaffe machine as Joe Biden, without Biden's folksy charm.”
Shivaram of CNN tweeted “She sat down for two interviews, ones with NBC and CNN. She has done local press interviews in the states she's traveled to. But besides the few shouted questions, no – there has not been a gaggle (press conference) where reporters who are on the ground can ask questions,” (Shivaram was responding to a question in Twitter)
While Jacobson understands the campaign’s strategy, conservative strategist Chris Barron called the lack of access to Harris "utterly bizarre and absolutely unprecedented” compared to past running mates. “The obvious question is why does the Biden campaign want to hide Harris? What are they afraid of?”
DePauw University professor Jeffrey McCall believes it “appears to be a continuation of the overall Biden campaign strategy of running out the clock while sitting on a lead,” as the Democratic ticket continues to top President Trump in many polls.
“When Harris was named to the ticket, it was assumed by many pundits that she would be front and center in front of the media... to compensate for Biden's lower visibility,” McCall told Fox News. “That has clearly not been the case.” “this low press engagement strategy could rhetorically backfire, too, in that it comes off as evasive and rather gutless to some news consumers in the electorate.”
Is their lack of confidence in their solutions unsettling to anyone. Maybe they do not have real concrete solutions so they are avoiding questions that would expose that? What do you think Biden supporters? Maybe you can def4end their position better than they seem to be, or maybe I am missing a key part of the equation? I concede that is possible so.......