Kamala Harris: Where does Biden’s running mate stand on Middle East issues?

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Harris launches her campaign for U.S. president at a rally in Oakland

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Source: Middle East Eye

The American constitution does not grant the vice president much power. Other than the ability to cast a tie-breaking vote in the senate, the VP’s main responsibility is to assume the presidency in case of a sudden vacancy in the Oval Office.

But being so close to the centre of action, vice presidents can forge substantial roles for themselves. Mike Pence leads the Trump administration’s coronavirus taskforce. Joe Biden oversaw Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw thousands of American troops from Iraq. And Dick Cheney all but ran George W Bush’s White House.

At 77, Biden would become the oldest American president on his inauguration day if elected in November. So his vice president, Kamala Harris, would likely play an active role in the government.

Moreover, serving vice president would put her in an advantageous position to seek the presidency herself in the future.

The Biden administration is expected to reverse some of Donald Trump’s moves in the Middle East and some foreign policy responsibilities may fall on Harris as vice president.

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  1. Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. … Harris was raised in Berkeley, California, with her younger sister, Maya Harris. She grew up going to a black Baptist church and a Hindu temple; she and her sister visited their mother’s family in Madras (now Chennai), India, on occasion.


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