After weeks of speculation over who Joe Biden would pick as his running mate, the rumor mill has been put to rest as he revealed his choice: Senator Kamala Harris. The former presidential candidate, who had some fierce words for her former opponent, made history as the first Black woman to be on the presidential ticket.
Biden wrote in an email to his supporters, “I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021.”
Harris, who has a law enforcement track record which has often made her a target by the progressive, left leaning factions within her own party, wrote in a tweet, “[email protected] 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.”
Biden has already brought up her record as California’s Attorney General, focusing on the more popular parts of her actions instead of her more controversial ones. Biden tweeted, “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”
The Trump campaign was quick on the attack. Through Katrina Pierson, who is a senior adviser to the campaign, she wrote, “In her failed attempt at running for president, Kamala Harris gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of health care. She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”
As Democrat-led cities continue to see racial unrest, political pundits and Black leaders have insisted for weeks that Joe Biden had to choose a Black female if he wanted a chance in November. Former President Barack Obama, who most likely was influential in the decision making process, wrote in a statement his favor for Biden’s choice, “Joe Biden nailed this decision,” Obama said. “By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character.”
While reports about Joe Biden’s mental and physical health have continued to circulate, there has been extra pressure on the VP pick if something were to happen to him in office. Harris, who is 55, may have the opportunity to be the first female president, and this will influence how people vote in November.