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Biden Selects Kamala Harris as Running Mate in 2020

Harris will accompany the nominee in their first event together as the front-runners of the Democratic Party.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden has selected Kamala Harris as his running mate ahead of the US Presidential Election. The pair will face up against Donald Trump on November 3.

On Wednesday, August 12, Harris will accompany the nominee in Wilmington, Delaware in their first online event together. According to Biden’s team, the Democratic Party front-runners will state how they will “(work) together to restore the soul of the nation and fight for working families to move the country forward.”

Biden’s team delivered news of the selection on Tuesday, August 10. In announcing Senator Harris as his running mate, Biden described her as

“a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.”

On social media, Biden emphasized Harris’s work as California’s attorney general. In this role, she worked closely with Biden’s late son Beau:

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse.”

“I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign,” Biden added.

On the announcement, Harris described Biden as:

“a leader who can unify the American people … as President, he will build an American that lives up to our ideals.”

She continued:

“I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice-President, and do everything it takes to make (Joe Biden) our next Commander-in-Chief.”

Who is Kamala Harris?

Senator Harris, age 55, is a first-generation American born to immigrant parents. Her father is Jamaican-born, while her mother is Indian-born.

 Harris is the first African American and South Asian American woman to be chosen as the vice-presidential running mate. Until now, no womxn of color had ever been chosen as the VP candidate for either of the US’s two main political parties. In the country’s history, no womxn has ever been elected to serve as US President.

The senator previously had run for the Democratic nomination last year but dropped out of the race in December 2019. Previously serving as California’s Attorney General from 2011 to 2017, Harris has served as a US Senator from 2017 onwards.

Initial Reactions to the Announcement

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee in the 2016 election cycle, commented that she was “thrilled to welcome [Senator Harris] to a historic Democratic ticket.”

Clinton continued: “She’s already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader.”

Reiterating the remarks of Hilary Clinton, President Barack Obama said: “(Kamala) is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake … This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.”

Across party lines, President Donald Trump swung punches at Harris’ appointment. Trump alleged “she’s a person that’s told many, many stories that weren’t true,” describing her as “one of the meanest, most horrible” Senators serving in US Congress. The President then continued to praise his own running mate, current Vice-President Mike Pence.

Harris’ Upcoming Duties as Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate

In the looming debate season, Harris will utilize her strong auditory skills to communicate and amplify the central tenets of Biden’s campaign. Debates will be one of the duties Senator Harris will fulfill as Biden’s other half.

In her first debate as VP candidate, Senator Harris is scheduled up against Mike Pence in an event in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 7th.

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