On August 11th, US presidential candidate Joe Biden announced his vice president nominee – California Senator Kamala Harris.
She is the third female nominee ever for a major party in the US, following Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin.
“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” 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.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
Initially, Harris attempted to run for president, announcing her candidacy in January 2019, but in December 2019 she announced that she would give up, as she lacked enough funds.
After Biden and Harris launched their campaigns, in May 2019, senior members of the Congressional Black Caucus said that a Biden-Harris ticket would be an ideal combination to defeat Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
On April 17, 2020, Harris responded to media speculation and said that she “would be honored” to be Biden’s running mate. In late May, in relation to the death of George Floyd in an incident of police brutality and ensuing protests and demonstrations, Biden faced renewed calls to select a black woman to be his running mate, highlighting the law enforcement credentials of Harris and Val Demings.
On June 12, The New York Times reported that Harris was emerging as the frontrunner to be Biden’s running mate, as she is the only African American woman with the political experience typical of vice presidents.
On June 26, CNN reported that more than a dozen people close to the Biden search process considered Harris one of Biden’s top four contenders, along with Elizabeth Warren, Val Demings, and Keisha Lance Bottoms.
She is the first African-American woman and the first South Asian woman to be picked as the vice-presidential running mate by the presumptive presidential nominee for a major party ticket; in addition, she is the first Democratic presumptive running mate from a state west of the Rocky Mountains (since Barack Obama was from Hawaii).
That’s a lot of firsts.
Kamala Harris is exactly what the current narrative needs, she is an avid social justice warrior, fighting for law enforcement accountability, absolving police killers.
She is also known as somebody who defends LGBTQ rights, but it would be more correct to say she simply doesn’t oppose them, since what’s generally done in her work as Attorney General of California is to avoid the matter, and not provide any significant support, but also no significant opposition.
And as media presented it prior to her being announced, and the vetting process – more than anything the VP candidate needed to be a woman, if possible, a black woman, and the more dissatisfied she appears with law enforcement – the better.
That is how votes are currently won – with populism, since she has some typical political experience, and it is questionable if its enough, but she fits the demographic required by the current supporter group of the Democratic party.
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