Former Vice President Joe Biden has chosen Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 presidential elections. Harris tweeted that she was “honored” to be chosen by the former VP under Obama.
Biden announced his choice first by text message and later in a follow-up email to supporters, which said “Joe Biden here. Big news: I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate. Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.”
Senator Harris, who sparred bitterly with Biden in the primary debates, but in recent months had been widely regarded as Biden’t first choice, accepted the nod, tweeting her thanks to Biden and saying she will “do what it takes” to make Biden “our Commander-in-Chief.”
The two are expected to appear together in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday. The senator, who dropped out of the Presidential race months ago after an uneven performance in the debates, will be the first black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be named as a vice-Presidential candidate by a major party. She is still only the fourth woman to have been chosen to be on a Presidential ticket.
A former prosecutor, she is known for her somewhat combative style and has a personal history that speaks to many immigrants. The daughter of a Jamaican immigrant father and an Indian immigrant mother, she grew up in Oakland, California and attended
In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Senator Harris said she was honored to have been chosen by Biden, posting “Joe Biden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us.”
.@JoeBiden 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.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020