- "I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021."
- "I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief." Harris tweeted.
- As his Vice President, Harris would have high chances of eventually succeeding him.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate and candidate for Vice President. The duo are running against Republican incumbents, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, in the country’s November 3 elections.
“I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,” Biden wrote in an email on Thursday.
Owing to the new development, should the pair beat Trump and Pence in November, Harris would make history by becoming the country’s first female Vice President.
From Rival to Running Mate
The junior US Senator from California, who competed for the Democratic nomination for President, is one of the most famous Black politicians in the country. She has represented California in the Senate since January 2017. She is the second Black woman to be elected to the United States Senate.
Harris, in her acceptance of the position, wrote on Twitter:
“[Joe Biden] can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”
During the presidential primaries last year, in which she competed with Biden amongst other Democrats, Harris caused a sensation with harsh attacks on Biden. After her exit from the primary race, however, the two reconciled, and Harris accepted to back Biden.
Biden Her Time?
Biden’s choice of running mate had been eagerly awaited because it would not only affect his chances of winning the elections but it is also a probable pointer on the future of the country’s political future as well.
Should he win, Biden would assume office at an advanced age of 78 years old. He is speculated to rule for only one term, and as his Vice President, Harris would have high chances of eventually succeeding him.
Biden announced quite in advance that he wanted to run against incumbent Donald Trump in the November 3rd presidential elections with a woman as his running mate.
After the brutal murder of African American man George Floyd at the end of May, and the Black Lives Matter protests, the pressure to choose a Black woman grew. Harris, therefore, stood great chances of being nominated for the running mate position.
Obama, Trump Reactions
Former President Barack Obama praised Harris’ selection. “Joe Biden nailed this decision,” Obama said in a statement Tuesday. “By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character,” added the former president.
“I was a little surprised that he picked her,” Trump said during a press conference at the White House. Trump added that “she did very, very poorly in the primaries.” In fact, Harris dropped out of the race before the Democratic primaries and caucuses began.
Trump added that Harris was “nasty” and “disrespectful” to Biden during the primaries. “It’s hard to pick somebody that’s that disrespectful,” he added.