Chris Wallace: Kamala Harris 'not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say'

"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose Trump says Christie, Giuliani assisting debate prep Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 MORE on Wednesday said Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose Dwayne Johnson backs Biden in first public presidential endorsement Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE (D-Calif.) is "a reasonably safe choice" for Democrats, adding that the presumptive vice presidential nominee isn't very far to the left on the political spectrum.

"She is not far to the left, despite what Republicans are gonna try to say," Wallace told "America's Newsroom."

His comments come a day after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid more income taxes than Trump' stickers Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose MORE chose Harris as his running mate. After Biden's announcement, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE said Harris was his No. 1 pick.

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“Despite the president saying yesterday that Kamala Harris was his No. 1 draft pick, that she’s the one he wanted the most, I promise you that there were a lot of people he would have liked to be running against much more," Wallace said.

Other contenders on Biden's VP shortlist included Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies John Fogerty: 'Confounding' that Trump campaign played 'Fortunate Son' at rally MORE (D-Ill.) and Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds Democrats push to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police Outrage erupts over Breonna Taylor grand jury ruling MORE (D-Calif.).

Harris was seen as a top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination when she kicked off her White House bid in early 2019. But her campaign failed to gain traction, with the California senator dropping out before 2020 as polls showed her far behind Biden, Warren and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose The role (un)happiness plays in how people vote MORE (I-Vt.).

“She did not do very well in the Democratic primaries for a variety of reasons. She didn’t run a great campaign,” Wallace said.

But he said she's likely to energize voters as Biden's running mate.

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“She adds some excitement to the ticket. She’s a statement to African Americans and especially to African American women, who are the real solid core of the Democratic Party, that the party does not take them for granted," the veteran newsman added.

The Trump campaign launched its first ad against Harris shortly after Tuesday's announcement.

The ad slams Harris for positions she took during her presidential campaign, including her temporary support for "Medicare for All" and advocacy for police reform.

"Voters rejected Harris. They smartly spotted a phony," a narrator says in the ad, which the president tweeted to his more than 85 million followers. "But not Joe Biden. He’s not that smart. He’s called himself a transition candidate."