After a long summer of anxious waiting by Democratic voters and indeed the world, Joe Biden has selected Kamala Harris as his running mate against Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence in the 2020 presidential election.
If elected, Harris would become the first Black and Asian woman to be the nation’s Vice President (Harris is of Indian and Jamaican descent).
According to NBC News, “The decision comes more than a year after Harris, who was also a 2020 Democratic candidate, clashed with Biden over racial issues during the first primary debate. If elected, she would be the nation’s first female, first Black and first Asian American vice president. Picking Harris, who is 55, will also provide the ticket with some generational diversity. Biden, who is 77, would be the oldest president-elect in U.S. history.”
Biden confirmed the pick on Twitter saying, “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.”
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.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
“You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President. I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,” Biden wrote in an email from his campaign to supporters.