It was "somewhat surprising" that Joe Biden tagged Sen. Kamala Harris, a "radical liberal," as his running mate, considering that he's been trying to portray himself as a moderate in the presidential race, Rep. Liz Cheney said Wednesday.
"In one fell swoop here, he put somebody on the ticket whose voting record in the Senate is left of Liz Warren and Bernie Sanders," the Wyoming Republican said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "She is a radical liberal and somebody who has said we ought to spend $32 trillion on 'Medicare for All.' If you look at her record in California, she did in fact essentially ban gun sales with executive action and she threatened during the primaries to do the same thing if she were elected here. So I do think the American people will take a look at this record and realize she is very much a radical liberal."
Harris also won't attract suburban voters, said Cheney, as she is the "epitome of a San Francisco liberal" who is "farther to the left" than former President Barack Obama and possibly also House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
She also criticized Biden for making it a point to choose a running mate based on gender and race rather than on who the best candidate would be.
"Biden clearly decided he would make a choice based on somebody's gender and race and based on his need to placate the socialist left of his party," said Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
However, she did concede a bit on Harris, agreeing with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who described Harris as a "formidable opponent" who is "smart, aggressive, and fully brought into the Democratic Party's liberal agenda."
"There is no question that Sen. Harris is talented and formidable, but at the end of the day, people have to vote on what they stand for and believe in," said Cheney.
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