Fox's Ari Fleischer: Harris 'not that historically exciting to African Americans'

Fox's Ari Fleischer: Harris 'not that historically exciting to African Americans'
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Ari Fleischer said Tuesday night that Joe BidenJoe BidenCarville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Sullivan: 'It's too soon to tell' if Texas synagogue hostage situation part of broader extremist threat MORE's selection of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSecond gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House Harris takes fresh start to 2022 We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified MORE (D-Calif.) as his running mate will only tighten the presidential race by shining a spotlight on the presumptive Democratic nominee, with the former White House spokesman adding that Harris is "not that historically exciting to African Americans" if her primary performance was any indication.

“I think two political things are going to happen now that Harris is named,” Fleischer, who served in the George W. Bush administration, told Fox News host Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamFox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary events Division reigns over Jan. 6 anniversary Graham says he warned Trump of 'peril' with Jan. 6 press conference MORE on her prime-time program. “One, this race is going to tighten up even more. The reason is because Biden naming her reminds people that Biden exists. He is so much better off hiding in his bunker and not making any news than he is making news.”

“Secondly, I just question whether or not this is going to boost African American turnout at all. I don’t think it will,” the Fox News contributor continued. “She’s just not that historically exciting to African Americans, she certainly wasn’t during the primary, and that was the one of the biggest reasons Biden picked her in order to win. I don’t see it.”

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Harris, 55, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, would become the first woman of color to serve as vice president if Biden defeats President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE in November.

"These aren’t normal times. For the first time in our history, we’re facing three historic crises — all at the same time. We’re facing the worst pandemic in 100 years. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The most powerful calls for racial justice in a generation. And we have a president who has both failed to lead on the virus — costing lives and decimating our economy — and fanned the flames of hate and division," Biden said in an email to supporters on Tuesday in announcing Harris as his selection.

"I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person," the former vice president added.

Trump commented on Harris during a White House press briefing on Tuesday when asked about the pick.

"She was my No. 1 pick. I mean, she was ... my No. 1 draft pick, and we’ll see how she works out," Trump told reporters. "She did very, very poorly in the primaries, as you know. She was expected to do well. And she ended up right around 2 percent and spent a lot of money. She had a lot of things happening. So I was a little surprised he picked her."

Biden reportedly considered former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Fed's Brainard faces GOP pressure on climate stances MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthWe must learn from the Afghanistan experience — starting with the withdrawal As democracy withers, Bob Dole and other American soldiers must be remembered Overnight Defense & National Security — Austin mandates vaccine for Guardsmen MORE (D-Ill.) and Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassOn The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 For Democrats it should be about votes, not megaphones MORE (D-Fla) as his running mate, among others.