Senator Kamala Harris has been selected by Joe Biden to join his running ticket for the US presidency.
The pick makes her the third woman to run for vice president of a major party, and the first Black woman to do so.
“You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President,” Biden said today.
“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.
‘These aren’t normal times,” Biden said. “I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person.”
At 55, Harris is also more than two decades younger than Biden. This appointment puts her on the path to the presidency, especially as there have been some indications that Biden would only serve one term.
Harris served as a prosecutor for more than 20 years, is a former Attorney-General in California and published her book at the start of 2019, sharing the story of her family arriving in the United States — her mother was born in India, and her father in Jamaica. She’s a civil rights advocate who says she grew up with a “stroller’s-eye view” of the civil rights movements because her parents took their children to plenty of protests. She officiated the first legal same sex marriage in California in 2013.
On announcing her run for presidency back in 2019, she said she was the complete opposite of Trump, by standing for equality, decency and justice.
She put up a strong fight for the nomination, including clashing at times with Biden during the debates, but withdrew in late 2019.
Biden described Harris on Twitter as a “fearless fighter for the little guy”.
He also tweeted about how he watched her work with his late son, Beau, when she was Californian AG. “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.”