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 HarrisTwitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation Virginia mayor refuses to resign over controversial Biden, 'Aunt Jemima' post Exclusive: Democrats seek to increase racial diversity of pandemic relief oversight board 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 WarrenBill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities The other reason Democrats want Biden to shun debates The Memo: Biden faces balancing act MORE (D-Mass.) at one point, recent polling compiled by RealClearPolitics found Harris in fifth place behind South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win 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 BidenGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Trump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act 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