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

"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceRomney: Total figure for Biden coronavirus stimulus is 'pretty shocking' Rubio: Trump impeachment trial is 'stupid' Romney noncommittal on impeachment vote but says trial is likely constitutional MORE on Wednesday said Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden talks NATO, climate change in first presidential call with France's Macron Biden must wait weekend for State Department pick Senators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal 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 BidenFive examples of media's sycophancy for Biden on inauguration week Drastic measures for drastic times — caregiver need mobile health apps Boycott sham impeachment MORE chose Harris as his running mate. After Biden's announcement, President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE said Harris was his No. 1 pick.


“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 WarrenCancel culture comes for the moderates Biden expands on Obama ethics pledge Student loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage National Guard back inside Capitol after having been moved to parking garage Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Ill.) and Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassDemocrats point fingers on whether Capitol rioters had inside help Rep. Bass tweets photo of Trump in response to FBI call for information on rioters San Francisco mayor says Harris replacement pick 'a real blow to the African American community' 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 SandersBoycott sham impeachment Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Sanders: Senate may use budget reconciliation to pass Biden agenda 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.


“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."