WATCH: Kamala’s Former Spox Admits This VP Candidate Would Crush Her In A Debate


A former spokeswoman for Vice President Kamala Harris has publicly named the Republican vice presidential contender she thinks would demolish her ex-boss if the two tangled in a debate.

Ashley Etienne, who served as Harris’ communication director following the 2020 election and through her first year in the White House, told a CNN panel that she has great admiration for one man in particular who has ridden the MAGA wave into office and positioned himself as a thoughtful statesman with populist messaging and policy proposals: Ohio Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH). He “would pose the greatest threat” to Harris if former President Donald Trump selects Vance as his running mate, she predicted.

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“He’s an incredible debater. He has this quality that I think makes him seem palpable to that one to two percent that might actually vote, that are undecided who might actually pay attention to the debates, because most people don’t,” Etienne continued. “And I think he’s just got a quality about him where he’s super smart and sharp and quick with it. I just think… it’s going to be a challenge to see the two of them face to face.”


Media outlets have previously named Vance as one of several members of a short list who remain under consideration for the No. 2 spot next to President Trump. Among his rivals are Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), all of whom carry divergent strengths and weaknesses which Trump’s team is assessing as they weigh which could deliver the greatest benefit in November.

Vance, 39, was first elected in 2022 and has used his prominence as an up-and-comer to time his proposals for maximum effect. In February he uncovered a “kill switch” that Democrats inserted into a funding bill which would have essentially blocked a future President Trump from negotiating an end to Ukraine’s war with Russia. Since the war’s onset, he has blasted Ukraine’s leadership as a “complete and utter disaster,” helping to redirect conservatives away from the foreign conflict as the GOP’s base increasingly flexes its preference for domestic priorities.

More importantly to Trump, Sen. Vance has been an outspoken advocate for presidential immunity in his various criminal trials. During an appearance on CNN, Vance reiterated that past presidents like Barack Obama could be charged under similar measures.

“There are a number of checks and balances in our system… There’s the impeachment process. There’s the budgeting authority that Congress has,” he told reporter Kaitlan Collins in May. “There are a number of examples in American history where if you apply the standard, the lawfare standard of the Biden administration against Donald Trump, it would make the presidency impossible to actually execute the law. So, in the name of taking down their political opponent, Kaitlan, these guys are really pushing a legal theory that I think would destroy the presidency, whether a Democrat or Republican was in charge.”

Harris, meanwhile, has done herself no favors with frequent public flubs which have cemented her unpopularity and left Democrats grimacing about the prospect of her holding the nuclear codes one day. During a summit on artificial intelligence, she summed up the groundbreaking technology as a “fancy thing” made up of “two letters.” She enthusiastically repeated the phrase “space cooperation” ad nauseam while hosting a Mongolian leader. When the White House put her in charge of defending Biden’s decision to seek a second term, Harris delivered a doozy of a defense, saying the 81-year-old president is “very much alive.”

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