Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris was caught on a hot mic asking one of her personal aides what city she was in before addressing supporters at a campaign stop in Ohio on Saturday.
A video clip captured by C-SPAN exposed Sen. Harris turning to an aide and asking, “Are we in Cleveland?” before quickly turning to the audience.
Sen. Harris wasn’t certain of where she was and didn’t want people to feel she wasn’t well-articulated and had to turn to the people after getting confirmation of her location in the swing state, then, she said: “Hey, Cleveland, it’s Kamala!”
The cringe-worthy clip circulated on social media, with retweeters including President Trump’s son Eric Trump.
Sen. Harris’ quick visit to the Buckeye State came only 10 days ahead of the presidential election, she also made an appearance at Cuyahoga Community College, where she encouraged voters to support her and Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden.
The California lawmaker during her remarks accidentally misstated the US coronavirus death toll, stating COVID-19 had killed “over 220 million” Americans instead of 224,000, as shown in another clip.
The lawmaker rescheduled the Cleveland visit after canceling a week earlier because two of her close workers had tested positive for COVID-19, local outlets reported, but it wasn’t clear if she had gone to test for the virus recently.
While addressing a few voters seen waiting for her address outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Harris said, “You are going to make the difference.”
“You are going to make the decision about your future, about your family’s future. It is through the voice of your vote, and you have the power,” she assured, according to local outlet WKYC-TV.
“The power is with the people, and you know that. That’s why you’re standing in this line today, and I just came to say thank you,” she concluded.