Former Vice President, and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden, finally announced his VP pick. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was named has his running mate on Tuesday. Biden stated that she is the best equipped candidate to help defeat President Donald Trump, and lead the country through racial polarization, the coronavirus pandemic and the impending economic volatility. Harris is the first Black woman as well as the first Asian American Woman to be on an American presidential ticket. If they were to beat President Trump in the election, she would also be the first woman vice president in the history of the United States.
Kamala Harris tweeted this afternoon, “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 Presiden, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”
She was arguably both the safest as well as the least exciting pick politically. The positives for Biden are as numerous as they are obvious. Firstly, she is a successful, educated, articulate and driven woman of color. Also, Kamala Harris can raise money, a lot of money. One of the reasons why she has the propensity to accumulate substantial donations is because Harris has tremendous pull with the tech industry. Another interesting aspect to Biden’s VP choice is that there are arguably zero areas where she pushes Biden one way or another politically. This could potentially be a blessing, in a time where polarization, volatility and uncertainty is on the rise. Or it could represent a curse to voters who are looking for significant systemic change.
Her Presidential Run
It was rumored that Biden did not want to tap Harris as his VP pick due to their combative dynamic which developed during her 2020 presidential bid.
Kamala Harris also was challenged frequently on her record as a prosecutor. Though she stood by her record, she was criticized heavily by then congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on the debate stage.
What Others Are Saying
Joe Biden wrote in an email to his supporters, “These aren’t normal times. For the first time in our history, we’re facing three historic crises – all at the same time. We’re facing the worst pandemic in 100 years. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The most powerful calls for racial justice in a generation. And we have a president who has both failed to lead on the virus – costing lives and decimating our economy – and fanned the flames of hate and division.”
Biden also tweeted, “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked Kamala Harris – a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants – as my running mate.”
After the news broke, Barack Obama tweeted, “I’ve known Senator Kamala Harris for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. this is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.”