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Vice President Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will travel to North Carolina together on Thursday to promote the bipartisan infrastructure law, the White House announced.
The joint trip comes amid speculation about the political futures of Harris and Buttigieg and amid a report of conflict between the vice president, her staff and members of the administration that the White House has attempted to tamp down.
The trip is also part of a broader effort by the Biden administration to tout the impacts of the infrastructure legislation across the country. President Biden is slated to travel to Minnesota on Tuesday to promote the infrastructure investments, which total $1.2 trillion over five years.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It was supposed to be a moment of triumph for Joe Biden. The Democratic president had just signed into law the most significant infrastructure package in generations. And he had done it by bringing Democrats and Republicans together, just as he promised during last year's campaign. But when Biden arrived in New Hampshire last week to promote the $1 trillion package at the foot of a crumbling bridge, not all of his VIP guests were in the mood to celebrate. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - President Joe Biden speaks before signing the $1.
The White House said that Harris will visit Charlotte in part to discuss how the law "will upgrade our nation's infrastructure and create good-paying union jobs in North Carolina." In addition to Buttigieg, Harris will also be joined by Rep. Alma Adams (D), who represents North Carolina's 12th congressional district, which includes Charlotte. More details of the trip are expected to be released in the coming days.
Harris and Buttigieg, who are said to be friendly, were both contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination before they dropped out and endorsed Biden. They're seen as potential contenders in 2024 should Biden decide against running for a second term, though the White House hasthe president intends to run for reelection.
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Jesse Watters predicted there would be a "civil war" among Democrats leading up to the 2024 presidential election.On his Watters' World show Saturday, Watters said because of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' dipping approval ratings, some Democrats are looking elsewhere for their potential 2024 nominee. He predicted there would be a "civil war" among Democrats ahead of the election.
A handful of recent media reports have spotlighted both Democrats as a result of questions about the next presidential race. The White House has alsoa recent critical CNN story about Harris and her standing in the administration.
Buttigieg, whose department overseas some of the major programs funded by the infrastructure bill, has been one of the core spokespeople for the legislation as it moved through Congress and became law.
As vice president, Harris has a more expansive profile that includes issues like immigration and voting rights, but she also traveled to Columbus, Ohio, earlier this month to promote the infrastructure package.
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