Joe Biden Names Kamal Harris As His VP Running Mate
Joe Biden officially has a running mate.
The Democratic nominee for president has selected Kamala Harris to serve as his Vice President running mate. He announced the news on social media.
Kamala Harris is an American lawyer and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from California since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Harris is the second African American woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the United States Senate.
Born in Oakland, California, Harris is a graduate of Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Harris began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before being recruited to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and later the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office. In 2003, she was elected the 27th District Attorney of San Francisco, serving until 2011.
Harris was narrowly elected Attorney General of California in 2010, and was re-elected in 2014. Harris faced criticism from reformers for tough-on-crime policies she pursued while she was California’s attorney general. She gained a national profile after her pointed questioning of Trump administration officials during Senate hearings, including U.S. Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and William Barr, and Associate Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Harris ran for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election, briefly becoming one of the highest-profile candidates before ending her campaign on December 3, 2019, citing lack of funds to continue.
The decision came shortly after reports spread that he had spoken with all of his choices virtually or in-person. Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer reportedly met with him in Delaware earlier this month. Other rumored contenders included: former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Representative Karen Bass and senators Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren.
Speculation also swirled that he would select Kamala Harris after he was photographed with notes about Kamala Harris in on his notebook. Some of the notes included,
“Do not hold grudges,”
“Campaigned with me & Jill,”
“Great help to campaign”
“Great respect for her.”
Joe Biden vowed to pick a woman as his running mate back in March.
He said in July that he was considering four black women at the time.
“I am not committed to naming any but the people I’ve named, and among them, there are four black women. So, that decision is underway right now.”
“And by the way, black women have supported me my entire career. You all act like all of a sudden there’s an epiphany in South Carolina. I have had over a 94% rating in the state with the 8th largest black community in the United States of America, Delaware.”
“It’s important that my administration – I promise you- will look like America. From Vice President to Supreme Court to cabinet positions to every major position in the white house. It’s gonna look like America. It’s critically important that be the case. I can guarantee you that.”
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