Harris weighing Biden endorsement: report

Harris weighing Biden endorsement: report
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Trump campaign appeals dismissal of Pennsylvania election challenge Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win MORE (D-Calif.) is considering backing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE in the Democratic presidential primary, The New York Times reported Thursday. 

Multiple Democratic officials familiar with the California senator’s deliberations told the Times she’s weighing the option of backing her former primary opponent. 

The officials told the Times the potential endorsement would not be likely until after the Senate impeachment trial that kicked off this week. 


Harris’s spokesman Chris Harris told the Times the senator “remains focused on the ongoing impeachment trial.” 

“No decisions have been made about whether she will endorse, which candidate, nor when an endorsement decision will be made,” he said. 

Chris Harris was not immediately available for comment when contacted by The Hill. 

The Democrats close to Harris told the Times she wanted to carefully consider the potential effect of her endorsement and is mindful of her two female colleagues in the race, Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharFormer Minnesota Democratic leader quits party Top cybersecurity official ousted by Trump Lawmakers question tech CEOs about content moderation in first post-election hearing MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Alito to far-right litigants: The buffet is open MORE (D-Mass.). 

Biden has praised Harris since she ended her presidential campaign in early December, despite some tense moments between the two earlier in the primary. 

Shortly after she dropped out, he told reporters “of course” he would consider the senator as a running mate. 

"Sen. Harris has the capacity to be anything she wants to be. I mean it sincerely,” he said at the time. 

"She is solid. She can be president someday herself. She can be the vice president. She can go on to be a Supreme Court justice. She can be an attorney general. She has enormous capability," he continued.