After much of anticipation, a Biden-Harris ticket takes on Trump-Pence in November.
Just months ago, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and former US veep, Joe Biden were at opposite ends of debates for the Democratic nomination as president. Now they stand as a team gunning for President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence in the November presidential elections.
“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,” posted Biden on Tuesday.
Biden’s decision follows pressure from many in the Democratic party to select a running mate from the demographic that votes heavily democrat: Black women. With the selection, Sen. Harris is the first Black woman to be a vice-presidential candidate for the Democratic party.
Said Harris. “Black women and women of color have long been underrepresented in elected office and in November we have an opportunity to change that. Let’s get to work.”
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Known as “America’s Top Cop,” the former Alameda County prosecutor who became San Francisco’s district attorney then worked in the office of the City Attorney of San Francisco, was elected attorney general of California. Born in Oakland, California to immigrant parents, her mother from India, her father from Jamaica, the Howard University alumna spent her formative years in the Bay Area.
After her parents divorced when Sen. Harris was 7-years-old, her mother, Shyamala, took a professorship at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. While there, her mother also worked as a cancer researcher at Jewish General Hospital. Sen. Harris spent her middle and high school years abroad until returning for college.
Harris received her law degree from UC Hastings College of Law. From there she entered serving the public as counsel in several previous mentioned positions. Six years ago, Sen. Harris married Doug Emhoff, a Los Angeles corporate lawyer.
One of two dozen candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket, Sen. Harris suspended her campaign in December 2019. While fully resuming her duties as a senator, she endorsed Biden whose campaign exploded after a large African American turn out in the South Carolina primaries.
As one of the most important US elections, Sen. Harris begins campaigning again. “Let’s go win this,” said Biden.
Headline photo credit: Gage Skidmore
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