Harris on Biden’s strength with black voters: ‘A lot of that is based on name recognition’
“A lot of that is based on name recognition, and we’re still early in this campaign, and I’m very proud of the work that we have done,” Harris said on CNN Thursday morning, following the second Democratic 2020 primary debate.
Biden, who has tied himself closely to his time as President Obama’s vice president, has had large leads in multiple polls of African Americans. A July Quinnipiac University national survey found that Biden had the support of 53 percent of black Democrats while Harris sat at 7 percent.
The California Democrat has worked to chip into that base of support, hitting Biden at June’s debates over his past opposition to federally mandated busing and comments regarding his ability to work with segregationist senators while in Congress. She renewed the attacks at Wednesday night’s debate.
Harris suggested she was not concerned with polling showing strong black support for Biden, saying she is seeing enthusiasm on the ground for her campaign.
“And I’ll tell you, if you judge it by who’s showing up and the kind of support we are getting on the ground, the endorsements we are receiving, I will tell you I am fully prepared and equipped to compete on a very serious level, and I intend to win this election,” she said Thursday.