In the midst of the controversy over special prosecutor Robert Hur's report on Joe Biden's mental state, Kamala Harris assured that she was "ready to serve." The vice president made the comment during an interview with The Wall Street Journal, and it did not take long for the comments to go viral given the context of Hur's conclusions.
Popularity has never been a strong point for the vice president, who has had net-negative approval since August 2021, even significantly lower than Biden. In this context, she was asked in the aforementioned interview about how she planned to convince voters that she was prepared for the position.
"I am ready to serve. There's no question about that," replied the Democrat, resounding words amidst questions surrounding the president's mental capacity.
She also claims that those around her are "fully aware" of her "capacity to lead."
Special counsel's report on Biden's memory
Robert Hur was appointed in January 2023 by Merrick Garland to investigate the case of Joe Biden and the classified documents that appeared in his private office and garage.
After a little more than a year of investigation, the special counsel released his 379-page report, in which he wrote that Biden "willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen." However, he clarified that it was not enough to file charges.
The report also included detailed photographs of documents in the president's garage, which included "top secret/sensitive compartmentalized information" related to foreign policy in Afghanistan.
The special counsel dedicated one of the sections of the brief to the president's mental capacity, which, he wrote, "appeared to have significant limitations." He came to this conclusion citing an interview and recorded conversations with his ghostwriter.
"[Biden] did not remember when he was vice president. ... He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died. And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him," the report states.
"We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory," Hur said.