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Kamala Harris, like Joe Biden, has history of making questionable comments

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Joseph R. Biden has long reigned as the Gaffe King, but his newly minted running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris, threatens to seize that title.

Ms. Harris‘ giddy gait on the campaign trail sank her run for the Democratic presidential nomination in less than a year, sapping every bounce in the polls and ultimately forcing her out of the race before the first voters were cast.

And yet, Mr. Biden, 77, the presumptive Democratic nominee, selected the junior senator from California to add some sparkle to the 2020 ticket.

She has fumbled boasts about her youthful smoking of marijuana, muffed calls for the far-left Medicare for All government-run healthcare and botched her response to criticism of her law-and-order record as the San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general.

Her gaffes, however, are of a different stripe than the misstatements and offensive remarks from Mr. Biden, who appears unknowingly to stumble into his mistakes.

“When Harris makes an error it is through hard-nosed calculation or miscalculation of the political benefit it will bring her,” said Richard E. Vatz, a scholar of political rhetoric at Towson University in Maryland.

“Unlike Biden, she is rarely if ever confused but is prone to

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