Harris says she doesn't care about 2024 'gossip'

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  • Kamala Harris
    Kamala Harris
    49th and current Vice President of the United States
  • Craig Melvin
    American Broadcast Journalist
  • Joe Biden
    Joe Biden
    46th and current president of the United States
  • Thomas Friedman
    Thomas Friedman
    American journalist and author
Vice President Harris speaks at a signing ceremony for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday, November 15, 2021.
Vice President Harris speaks at a signing ceremony for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday, November 15, 2021.


Vice President Harris said in an interview broadcast Thursday morning that she doesn't care about questions regarding the presidential ticket for the 2024 election, calling them "gossip."

"I'm sorry ... I mean honestly. I know why you're asking the question because this is part of the punditry and the gossip around places like Washington, D.C.," Harris said when asked by NBC's Craig Melvin if Harris will be on the Democratic ticket in 2024.

Melvin also asked about suggestions that President Biden should team up with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) for a bipartisan presidential ticket in 2024, which stemmed from a column in The New York Times earlier this week by Thomas Friedman.

Harris said she didn't read the article, adding, "I really could care less about the high-class gossip on these issues."

Friedman also floated a ticket with Harris and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), pondering if the United States should borrow a page from Israel, where, he wrote, a diverse national unity government has recently been formed.

Harris said in the interview broadcast on NBC's "Today" that she is more involved with issues such as affordable childcare to Americans.

"The American people sent us here to do a job and right now there's a lot of work to be done and that's my focus. Sincerely," she said.

Harris has previously insisted that the 2024 election is not on her mind. In a Wall Street Journal interview published last month, she said she doesn't even "think" about whether Biden will run in two years or talk to him about it.

The White House has repeatedly said Biden - who would be 81 on Election Day 2024 - intends to run again.

The president, in an interview last month, also said he plans to run for reelection, assuming he's still in good health.

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