In New Orleans, Harris will participate in a fireside chat with actress Keke Palmer to discuss some of the “most critical issues facing black women, including implications for the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe,” the White House official said in preview. at CNN. Harris will also meet privately with reproductive rights activists in New Orleans, the official said.
This upcoming appearance at one of the nation’s biggest celebrations of African-American culture also gives the nation’s first black woman and vice president an opportunity to rally the voters who helped raise her. and President Joe Biden, at the White House in 2020.
Democrats hope abortion rights will galvanize voters ahead of the midterm elections, but it’s unclear how much of an impact the issue will have in November as worries about the economy and the inflation remained at the forefront of voters’ concerns.
Some 80% of black Americans in that same Quinnipiac poll said abortion should be legal in all or most cases. And 82% of black respondents said they generally agreed with the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion nationwide.
The White House is also sending other senior administration officials, including EPA Administrator Michael Regan, OMB Director Shalanda Young, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. Mitch Landrieu, to discuss economic and equity issues. Other Democratic messengers, like Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison, will speak at the weekend festival.