Biden picks Kamala Harris as vice-presidential running mate

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Biden picks Kamala Harris as vice-presidential running mate


WASHINGTON: Democratic nominee

Joe Biden

on Tuesday picked California Senator

Kamala Harris

, whose mother is a Tamilian from South India, as his vice-presidential running mate for the 2020 Presidential election.

Harris, who was born in Oakland, California, and whose father is Jamaican, will be the first black and Indian American on a major US party ticket. She is also only the fourth woman in history to be chosen for on a major party’s

presidential ticket

.

“@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,” Harris tweeted shortly after Biden announced his pick on social media.

“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 announced an hour or so earlier, adding, “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.”

I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one… https://t.co/gnzCegPMfl

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden)1597177052000

Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifte… https://t.co/aVlxdtBzDq

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden)1597177052000

Beau Biden, the former vice president’s eldest son, was the Attorney General of Delaware when Harris was AG of California. He died of cancer in 2015.

The annotation from the Democratic nominee was aimed partly at allaying fears in some Democratic quarters about Harris’ credentials as a team player, and the attributes and strengths she brought to the ticket. She had chewed up Biden during the Presidential debates, and in turn, she had been chewed up by Tulsi Gabbard, before both of them dropped out.

Despite this, she was on Biden’s shortlist because of her formidable record as a prosecutor and as a Senator in her relatively short stint in the Senate. Although California is a Democratic fortress and Biden does not need her help to win the state, the choice brings a geographical balance to the ticket because the former vice-president is from Delaware on the east coast. She is also expected to be a sparkling debater in a vice-presidential face-off with the staid Mike Pence.

Still, there was the mandatory kvetching among the Democratic rank and file from followers of other major aspirants such as

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