Democratic strategist on Harris slump: 'She's coming across as a typical politician'

Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman said Monday that the reason Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSaagar Enjeti: Warren, Buttigieg don't stand a chance against Trump Warren overtakes Sanders in new poll The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces backlash for comparing impeachment to 'lynching' MORE (D-Calif.) is losing ground on her fellow White House contenders is because she’s coming across as a “typical politician,” and most voters aren’t clear on her policy positions.

“People don’t know what Kamala Harris stands for,” Feldman, founder of Feldman Strategies, told Hill.TV during an appearance on “Rising.”

“She’s coming off as a typical politician,” he added. “When you say, ‘Oh I’m going to try to talk about Kamala Harris’ and you’re canvassing at the door — people don’t know why they should vote for her.”

A spokesperson for the Harris campaign declined to comment on Feldman's remarks.

Though Harris surged past Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — ObamaCare premiums dropping for 2020 | Warren, Buttigieg shift stances on 'Medicare for All' | Drug companies spend big on lobbying Mellman: Trumping peace and prosperity On The Money: Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing finance plan | Dems jump into Trump turf war over student loans | House passes bill targeting anonymous shell companies MORE (D-Mass.) at one point, recent polling compiled by RealClearPolitics found Harris in fifth place behind South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — ObamaCare premiums dropping for 2020 | Warren, Buttigieg shift stances on 'Medicare for All' | Drug companies spend big on lobbying Poll: Biden holds 2 point lead over Sanders nationally Saagar Enjeti: Warren, Buttigieg don't stand a chance against Trump MORE, averaging 4.8 percent support.

But Feldman maintained that the California senator still has time to reclaim the momentum she gained from her standout performance during the first Democratic presidential debate, when she confronted front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport for impeachment inches up in poll Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment MORE over his record on civil rights. 

“She has another shot here in October and then in November debates, but if she can’t have a breakout performance, I don’t see how she can catch these folks,” he said.

Harris is among the 12 candidates poised to participate in the fourth Democratic debate, which is slated for Oct. 15.

—Tess Bonn