The Democrat’s US Presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has made his first major decision of the 2020 campaign, choosing California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Joe Biden ended weeks of intense speculation with a text message to his supporters naming 55 year old Harris and saying, ‘Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.’
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden clashed several times in the primaries, but will now have to put all that behind them as they seek to unite their respective support bases.
Because of Joe Biden’s advanced age (he would be 81 by the time he would be running for a potential second term), there is more than the usual likelihood that the VP will become president if the Democrats manage to win in 2020.
Senator Harris comes from a legal background, serving as district attorney for San Francisco and attorney-general in California before her election to the national stage representing California in 2016.
She strongly challenged many of Donald Trump’s cabinet appointees during confirmation hearings.
Senator Harris’s mother is from India, and her father is from Jamaica. As the first woman of colour to be nominated as a vice-presidential candidate, she’s expected to bolster the Democrat vote among African-American voters, having described the killing of George Floyd as ‘the result of broader systemic racism that exists in our country’.
In a recent tweet, she said, ‘In 100 days we have the chance to elect a president who can reassure a nation weary of tweets, lies and incompetence. A president who will speak to the best of who we are and challange us to live up to our ideals.
‘On Election Day, I can’t wait to vote for #@JoeBiden.’
The US Election is due to be held in November.