Monday’s signing program for a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill should also be a victory lap for Vice President Kamala Harris, but so far voters have largely credited her for the under-the-radar efforts.
big picture: Since the spring, Harris has held more than 30 public events — and nearly 150 calls, meetings and other engagements with members of Congress — with elements of the infrastructure plan as well as President Biden’s big build back to the Better Social Spending Plan. told about.
description: Harris and his team focused on reaching voters through local media, “election-based media,” which included joining outlets like The Grio or engaging black radio personalities to interview. He also made appearances in targeted programming such as the NBA All-Star Game, Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and specials on the Lifetime Network.
- He visited a water plant in Oakland, California; a bus factory in North Carolina; an electric utility plant in New Hampshire to discuss broadband infrastructure; and a carpenter training center in Las Vegas.
- Visit to Paris after Congress passes infrastructure bill, Harris highlights Spending Plans in Different Speeches while there.
But, but, but: Harris compatibility (44% for a recent LA Times poll) is less than the rating of four of his predecessors at the same time in his tenure.
- Only 27% of independents viewed her favorably, and nearly 60% of white voters polled viewed her unfavorably.
- “The vice president herself has told many confidants that she feels constrained in what she is capable of doing politically,” CNN report,
What are we watching: His planned remarks at Biden’s signing ceremony could mark a remarkable public appearance for a VP who has faced criticisms for its visibility and Compare To Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has been the more public face of the administration’s infrastructure rollout.