Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, chose Senator Kamala Harris as his vice president’s choice, making her the first Black woman in US history to be on a major presidential ticket. Kamala Harris will be a partner well prepared to go against Republican President Donald Trump.
Biden, the former vice president under President Barack Obama, pledged to choose a woman as his running mate. And with the social conflicts over racial injustice troubling the country for months, Democratic candidate Biden had been under increasing pressure to choose an African-American as his running mate.
Harris from California, who made her own run for president last year, got contributions from executives in many industries like film, TV, real estate, and finance. Her campaign finished raising nearly 40 million dollars. After she was dropped out of the race, she started a joint fundraising committee with the Democratic National Committee. Kamala Harris became the second Black female US senator in history when she was elected in 2016.
Joe Biden on Tuesday called Kamala Harris as “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest servants” through Twitter. Black voters rescued Biden’s foundering campaign in the primary election held in February. Biden needs their support now more than ever in states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, and in Republican-leaning Florida and Georgia.
Biden served as vice president for eight years under Barack Obama, the first Black US president. Obama praised Harris on Twitter: “She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake.”
Harris said on Twitter that Biden could “unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us.”
Harris’s confirmation as Biden’s running mate on Monday and Biden will also be formally nominated as the Democratic Presidential Candidate against Trump.
Donald Trump, during a White House briefing on Tuesday, called Harris “the meanest, the most horrible, most disrespectful” and “most liberal” senator and also said that she was his “No. 1 draft pick”.