Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s VP pick | Daily News


Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s VP pick

US Democratic Party Presidential aspirant Joe Biden has selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, ending months of speculation that the former California Attorney General and one-time Democratic Presidential candidate would join his ticket. She is the first black and Asian American woman nominated as a VP contender and only the third woman ever to get the honour.

“I have the great honour to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden said in a tweet Tuesday evening announcing the news.

The 55-year-old Oakland-born lawmaker was long considered the top contender given her strong prosecutorial experience, performance in the Senate.

Biden and Harris were expected to appear together on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware, for their first event together as running mates, according to a report by Politico.

Harris brings crucially needed youth and diversity to Biden’s ticket as the 77-year-old presidential candidate faces scrutiny over his advanced age and mental acuity.

Biden committed to choosing a woman as his veep and was lobbied to select a running mate of colour after the death of George Floyd in May sparked a nationwide reckoning on race.

Born to an Indian mother and Jamaican father, Harris, who identifies as black, served two terms as the district attorney for San Francisco before becoming attorney general of California in 2011.Tuesday’s historic announcement makes her the first woman of colour to be nominated for national office by a major party.

Recently, she helped pen a sweeping police reform bill prohibiting the use of chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases, and joined a bill with Sen. Bernie Sanders that would give most Americans $2,000 a month during the coronavirus pandemic.


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