Joe Biden announced Tuesday that Kamala Harris will be his running mate for the 2020 election, making the California senator the first Black woman to run on the presidential ticket to a major political party.
In Harris’ election, Biden adds one of his main former rivals who centered her presidential bid on her willingness to take on Trump and show Americans that he would fight for them.
She rose to national prominence within the Democratic Party by questioning Trump candidates during Senate hearings, from former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Harris’s selection comes months after Biden committed to picking a woman to join him on the Democratic ticket. Harris, 55, is now the third woman to serve as a vice-presidential candidate for a major political party, after Geraldine Ferraro as the Democratic vice president in 1984 and Sarah Palin as the Republican vice president in 2008.
Aware that his age could be troubling to some voters, Biden, 77, has said he is “a bridge” to a new Democratic leadership proposal, and by electing Harris, more than 20 years younger his, he has raised a leading figure from a new generation within the party.
Within the pantheon of female candidates the former vice president considered, Harris was long seen as the most likely choice because of the breadth of her experience as a U.S. senator, former California attorney general and former district attorney. San Francisco.
While potential candidates like the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, the American Republican of California, Karen Bass and the Florida Rep. Val Demings were seen as new additions to the ticket, none of which had been verified by Democratic voters like Harris, nor did they have that experience at all levels of politics. With her multi-racial background as the child of two immigrants to the United States, her allies believed she could complement Biden as a symbol of a changing America.
She also proved to be a troublesome replacement for Biden in recent months, taking part in everything from virtual politics events with voters in wanted districts to a live DJ party fundraiser with Diplo and D-Nice online .
However, some members of Biden’s team resisted Harris’ election. A recent Politico story noted that former Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who was helping vetting candidates, was still clouded by her attack on Biden during a debate in June 2019 in Miami when she criticized the work of his with segregationist senators and highlighted his fight against the bus in desegregate schools decades ago.
The reaction against Harris apparently became so strong that Biden felt the need to defend him during his July 28 press conference, where an Associated Press photo captured the talking points about him in his notebook that included “do not hold resentment “and” great help to the Campaign “.
Harris also benefited from being a running mate who could match this turbulent moment in American history.
Many of the issues at the heart of her life’s work – including criminal justice reform, improving health care for black Americans, and resolving income inequality – have come to the fore in the three-pronged crisis America now faces: the pandemic coronavirus (which has disproportionately affected color communities), the fight against systemic racism, and an economic recession.
Harris took a stone in the head to support her friend: