(Reuters) – Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign has raised $ 48 million in the 48 hours since he nominated U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as the Democratic presidential candidate, a campaign spokesman told Reuters late Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: Former Vice President Joe Biden talks with Senator Kamala Harris after the end of the presidential debate of the US Democratic Congress for 2020 in Houston, Texas, USA, September 12, 2019. REUTERS / Mike Blake
Biden, a former vice president himself, on Tuesday chose Harris as his choice for VP, making her the first Black woman with a presidential ticket to major parties.
With social unrest over racial injustice rocking the country for months after the death in custody of an African-American man, George Floyd – after a police officer knelt on his neck for about nine minutes – Biden was under pressure to choose a woman Black as his running mate.
Harris, a 55-year-old senator from California who ran for the White House, is also the first Asian-American to win a major presidential ticket. Her parents were immigrants, her mother from India and her father from Jamaica.
She became only the second black female senator in history when she was elected in 2016 and will be supported to help mobilize African-Americans, the Democratic Party’s most loyal electorate.
Four years ago, the first immersion in Black voter turnout in 20 years contributed to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s upset defeat to Donald Trump in the presidential election.
Harris, a former California attorney general and attorney general, is known for her sometimes aggressive style of Senate questioning.
As a presidential candidate, she ousted Biden in a national televised debate over his past stances on the mandatory student bus as a means of decreeing schools.
The election of a fellow candidate has added to the importance of Biden, 77, who would be the oldest person to become president if elected.
His age has led to speculation that he will only serve one term, making Harris a potential high-profile contender for the 2024 Democratic nomination.
Biden and groups affiliated with his campaign had raised $ 140 million in July.
Reporting by James Oliphant in Washington and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Edited by William Mallard