Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced he is selecting Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his vice presidential pick.
“I have the great honor to announce that Ive picked [Harris]—a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the countrys finest public servants—as my running mate,” he wrote in an announcement on Tuesday.
“Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau,” his deceased son, Biden added. “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 Im proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”
With just six days until the nominating convention, Biden was expected to choose a vice president this week.
Before becoming a senator from California, Harris was the states attorney general and San Franciscos district attorney before that. She also unsuccessfully ran for president before bowing out earlier this year and endorsing Biden.
Bidens selection of Harris, 55, provides racial diversity and gender diversity in an attempt to appeal to a broader spectrum of the Democratic Party. Harriss mother was a breast cancer researcher who immigrated to the United States from India in the 1960s, while her father Donald Harris, originally from Jamaica, is an economist who worked for Stanford University in the Bay Area and a staunch Marxist.
It also means that Harris would take over as president if Biden, 77, suffers a health issue while in office. Earlier this year, Biden told reporters that “Im an old guy,” and he would need someone who could “immediately” take over.
“Look, I thank God Im in great health. I work out. No, Im serious. You know, I work out every morning. Im in good shape—knock on wood, as my mother would say,” he said in January of this year.
Notably, Harris was a co-author of the Democrats police reform legislation in the Senate in response to civil unrest, protest, and riots in the wake of George Floyds death.
Some have also considered her a more moderate member of the Democratic party, earning plaudits from across the aisle.
In May, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told radio host Hugh Hewitt about her: “I think shes the leading candidate [for Bidens running mate]. I know her. I didnt like what she did in the [Brett] Kavanaugh [Supreme Court confirmation] hearings by any stretch of the imagination. But shes hard-nosed. Shes smart. Shes tough.”
But Harris record as California attorney general and district attorney in San Francisco was heavily scrutinized during the Democratic primary and turned off somRead More From Source