Joe Biden chooses Kamala Harris as his running mate
The United States (US) Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has picked his Kamala Harris, a senator as his running mate to help him try to defeat President Donald Trump this November.
Harris is the first black woman to have the number two spot on the Democratic ticket, a historic choice for Biden that also acknowledges the role black voters will play in November.
Biden informed supporters of his choice via text message and social media posts.
“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 wrote on Twitter.
“Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump,” read the text message from the campaign.
The two will make an appearance Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware. The full details have not been announced.
“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 wrote on Twitter.
Biden also acknowledged that Harris was a close friend of his beloved late son Beau, who died of complications from brain cancer in 2015.
“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,” Biden wrote on Twitter.
Harris was attorney general of California when Beau, Biden’s late son, was attorney general of Delaware.
In all, 11 women are said to have been considered, a mix of senators, governors, mayors and members of Congress. Biden personally called Rep. Karen Bass to tell her she is not the pick, CNN reported.
Trump’s campaign has already gone on the attack against Harris.
“She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left,” Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson said in a statement.
Harris, 55, launched her career as the city’s district attorney, became California’s attorney general and moved on to the Senate in 2016 after Senator Barbara Boxer retired.
Her national profile increased when she drew on her experience as a lawyer to engage in political combat, whether it was with President Donald Trump’s officials and nominees in Senate hearings or with Biden on the Democratic debate stage.
It was that spanking on the debate stage – when she criticized Biden for his standing on a federal busing program that benefited minorities, including herself – that elevated her to the top tier of presidential candidates.
The vetting team advising Biden – led by former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd – was reported to have ended its work on Monday.
Biden did not show his hand, joking around with reporters in public appearances over the weekend but offering no indication of who he would chose. He had spoken with all the contenders either in person or remotely due to restrictions in place by the coronavirus.