Kamala Harris slams report that she refused to appear in student debt video with Biden: ‘Team player’

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Critics slammed Vice President Kamala Harris after Politico’s “West Wing Playbook” revealed the vice president allegedly opted out of appearing with President Joe Biden in a video about canceling student debt.

“The vice president is increasingly hesitant to be part of the public face of the administration’s response,” Playbook said, noting that the Democratic Party’s progressive wing has called for more aggressive student loan forgiveness.

Vice President Kamala Harris waves goodbye after speaking at the Tribal Nations Summit in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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The report says the “delicate politics” represents greater disagreement over loan forgiveness among members of the Biden administration.

Scott Jennings, a conservative commentator, responded to the report on Twitter and asked “Is there a Democrat in the country who will appear with Joe Biden?”

Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., also reacted to the report and argued that canceling student loans was not progressive policy.

“Cancelling student debt is not progressive policy at all if working-class Americans are expected to fund it. It is another massive upward transfer of wealth. only way it would be truly fair is for the universities themselves to fund it, alongside reforms aimed at the system,” Pushaw tweeted.

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WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 01: US Kamala Harris embraces US President Joe Biden before his remarks during a menorah lighting ceremony to celebrate Hanukkah in the East Room of the White House on December 01, 2021 in Washington, D.C. DC.
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Chuck Ross of the Washington Free Beacon tweeted “Incredible” in response to the report.

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“Team player,” he continued. “It’s curious what she thinks is her next step in politics. Don’t think POTUS is in her future. Maybe mayor of San Fran.”

American Commitment President Philip Kerpen joked, “She thinks she’s got a long run,” along with several crying and laughing emojis.

Rachael Larimore, editor of The Dispatch, also responded to the report. “The more debt is canceled, the more the policy is REGRESSIVE and not PROGRESSIVE,” she said.

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 4: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a press conference on student debt outside the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2021 in Washington, DC.  The group of Democrats reintroduced its resolution calling on President <a class=Joe Biden to take executive action to forgive up to $50,000 in debt for federal borrowers. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)”/>

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 4: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a press conference on student debt outside the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. The group of Democrats reintroduced its resolution calling on President Joe Biden to take executive action to forgive up to $50,000 in debt for federal borrowers. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said in late April that Biden was close to forgiving up to $50,000 in student debt.

“I will continue to urge the president to take this important step. And I say to my colleagues, I think the president is moving in our direction,” Schumer said. “My talks with him and his team have been very fruitful lately and I hope he does the right thing. We are getting closer.”

Biden shut down the Progressive proposal to forgive $50,000 of student loan debt for borrowers via executive action in February 2021.

A group of GOP senators pushed legislation in April that would prevent Biden from writing off student loan debt and limit the president’s ability to halt or extend student loan payments, which Biden recently extended until the end. august.

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