Can Kamala Harris run for president in 2024? Here are the latest election odds
Kamala Harris fans are hoping she will run for US president in 2024.
The US politician made history after becoming the first woman, and woman of colour, to be elected as Vice President of the United States.
Understandably, there has been much speculation about the changes the future VP will make during her tenure. But after an unequivocally surprising and unprecedented election year, will Kamala Harris run for president in 2024? Let's find out.
Can Kamala Harris run for president in 2024?
Kamala Harris can run for president in 2024. Should she decide to go for the top job, bookmakers Coral have given her the odds of 4/1 of winning the election.
To put this into perspective, Michelle Obama has been put at 33/1, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 33/1 and Mike Pence at 10/1.
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However, Harris will face competition from current president elect Joe Biden, who is favourite to win at the polls again in 2024.
Whether Biden – who will be the oldest president at 78-years-old at the time of the inauguration – decides to run for a second term or not, Harris is still able to run as a candidate in the primaries in her own right.
This is because Harris is a natural-born U.S citizen, and fits the requirements for eligibility.
The constitution outlines the requirements for running to be the President of the United States, per the Library of Congress:
- A presidential candidate must be a natural-born citizen of the United States
- They must be a resident for 14 years
- As well as this, they must be 35-years-old or older
- These requirements do not prohibit women or minority candidates for running
The future Vice President, who is 56, was born on 20th October, 1964, in Oakland, California, making her a natural-born U.S citizen.
Of course, winning the nomination is a different thing entirely. Only 15 vice presidents have ever won the presidency, out of the 46 US presidents to date.
Of course, Harris winning the nomination is a different thing entirely.
Has a Vice President ever won the presidency before?
While Vice Presidents have previously won the presidency, only 15 have done so out of the 46 US presidents to date. Seven of these Vice President's served as president by being elected, or due to the retirement of the incumbent president.
These presidents were: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Burren, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush. And, now, of course, Joe Biden. If Harris were to win the presidency in 2024, this would also be the case for her.
Eight others became president when the president either died or was assassinated. Notably, Lyndon Johnson's tenure began on November 22, 1963, upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He had served as Vice President of the United States for 1,036 when he succeeded to the role.
As well as Johnson, seven others became president after the death of the top man in the White House. These were; John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, and Harry Truman.
Kamala Harris' groundbreaking election speech
Harris was roundly praised after delivering an impassioned speech after the 2020 election campaign.
In her speech, she hinted towards the kinds of policies changes the democratic administration can be expected to make during their tenure.
Touching on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, she said: "I know times have been challenging, especially the last several months."
"The grief, sorrow, and pain. The worries and the struggles. But we've also witnessed your courage, your resilience, and the generosity of your spirit. For 4 years, you marched and organized for equality and justice, for our lives, and for our planet. And then, you voted. You delivered a clear message. You chose hope, unity, decency, science, and, yes, truth."
Kamala Harris gives thanks to her mother
The 56-year-old also paid tribute to her mother - Shymala Gopalan Harris - an academic immigrant, who was born in India.
"When she came here from India at the age of 19, maybe she didn't quite imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible. So, I'm thinking about her and about the generations of women — Black women. Asian, White, Latina, and Native American women throughout our nation's history who have paved the way for this moment tonight.
"But while I may be the first woman in this office, I won't be the last," she concluded. "Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities. And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they've never seen it before. And we will applaud you every step of the way.
Read the entire speech, here.