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Chris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris

Chris Wallace of Fox News said Thursday that policy shifts by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) over the years are making it hard for President Trump and his allies to focus their attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.

Harris has "moved to the left as a senator in Washington," Wallace said in an interview with "The Brian Kilmeade Show" on Fox News Radio.

"Having said that, I think when you talk about people on the far left of the Democratic Party like Elizabeth Warren, some of the others, I actually still don't think that I would put her in that group, and it's one of the reasons that I think that the Trump campaign and President Trump himself have had some trouble in figuring out how to go after her," said the host of "Fox News Sunday."

"Because if anything, I think it's kind of legitimate to say that she is a shape-shifter. She does evolve," Wallace added.

He went on to characterize Harris as "pretty moderate" from her time as California attorney general.

"She was seen as being too tough in prosecuting drug cases. She was seen as being too soft in going after policemen who were involved in shootings. She opposed a special prosecutor to investigate police and shootings, so she was pretty moderate then," Wallace said.

His remarks come two days after Biden named her as his running mate. The president, his campaign and allies have since sought to label Harris as a "radical" from the far-left, despite her more centrist positions compared to other former presidential candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

A Morning Consult poll released Thursday found that voters don't see Harris as far to the left as progressives like Sanders and Warren. The same survey showed that Trump and Vice President Pence are closer to "very conservative" than Biden and Harris are to "very liberal."

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