Vice President Kamala Harris was set to attend the Women’s Leadership Forum fundraiser in May, but the Democratic National Convention (DNC) couldn’t sell tickets and the event was postponed. Harris, who is extremely unpopular, was going to pose for pictures with fans for $15,000 but that price has been dropped to $5,000 at the event that’s been rescheduled to the fall.
Harris’ approval rating sits at 35.5% according to FiveThirtyEight. Harris had a small jump in approval in 44.6% in January, but otherwise her approval rating has hovered between the high 20s to the very low 40s since last August where it fell and never seemed to recover.
Daniel Wessel, DNC deputy communications director, told Fox News that the Democrat leaders work with “hosts and fundraisers to set specific ticket prices for each event.” Because there was a lack of ticket sales, it seems to correlate with Harris’ approval rating and the unpopularity of the Democrat party as a whole.
Wessel continued, “As has always been the case, there are a variety of ticket levels for every event as is pretty standard for finance events. We;ve raised record amounts of money with help from both Vice President Harris and President Biden, so we;re going to continue to do what clearly works well for the party and our donors.”
The ticket prices ranged from $250 – $50,000, which means that there were probably a few large ticket price purchasers rather than a large number of low ticket price purchasers who planned to attend. The DNC can’t have an empty event with the most popular administration in American history can they?
On the other side of the aisle, Will O’Grady, a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee (RNC), said that if “Democrats focused on fighting skyrocketing costs facing Americans like they do cutting prices on a photo with Kamala Harris, inflation wouldn’t be a problem.”
He’s not wrong. Still, when Biden was asked if a recession is possible, he told the reporter, “Not — the majority of them [economists] aren’t saying that. Come on, don’t make things up, OK?”
Nicole Morales, RNC deputy national press secretary said, “Americans may not be able to afford gas or groceries anymore, but at least taking a picture with Kamala is on clearance!”
Regardless of both Harris’ and Biden’s unpopularity, they’re still trying to convince Americans to vote Democrat in the midterm election. Harris’ shaky start in the White House and Biden’s clear mental decline hasn’t done them any favors among voters, who aren’t confident that they are doing what’s best for the country.