Kamala Harris Discusses Her ‘Biggest Failure’ Since Becoming VP

Kamala Harris on CBS' 'Face the Nation.' Credit: CBS/Face the Nation

Vice President Kamala Harris reflected on her first year in office, including spending too much time in Washington D.C.

In an interview on Sunday’s episode of CBS’ Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan asked Harris what she thought her “biggest failure” was since taking office.

“To not get out of D.C. more,” Harris said with a laugh. “I mean, and I actually mean that sincerely for a number of reasons.” 

“When we came in, we really couldn’t travel. You know, a large part of the relationship that [President Biden] and I have built has been being in this, together in the same office for hours on end, doing Zooms or whatever because we couldn’t get out of D.C. and on issues that are about fighting for anything from voting rights to child care to one of the issues that I care deeply about maternal health,” Harris continued.

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The former California senator also insisted she doesn’t think she is “being set up to fail,” despite a string of issues the administration has been criticized for, including its handling of the pandemic, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, and the immigration crisis at the southern border. 

Brennan asked Harris if she felt she was being scrutinized more as a woman versus her male predecessors. 

“I’ll leave that for others to deal with. I, you know, I have a job to do. And I’m going to get that job done,” she responded.

Harris went on to tout the administration’s wins over the past year.

“Let’s talk about the economy. First of all, as an administration, as we look at the end of the year, there are specific facts that we are proud of on the issue of the economy,” she said. “We have reduced unemployment down to 4.2 percent. The economists predicted that we wouldn’t get there for another couple of years, but here we are.”

“We have reduced the deficit by over $300 billion. We have created over 6 million jobs, so there are good things that happened, have happened as it relates to the strength of the economy,” Harris added.

Watch the full interview on Face the Nation below:

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