Less than 24 hours after Joe Biden’s historic announcement of Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential pick, the pair made their first appearance together with a virtual launch from Biden’s home state of Delaware. Together they presented a united front against defeating Donald Trump and Mike Pence in November.
Biden’s choice was met with mostly resounding approval from fellow Democrats, and all over the country, women of color celebrated the significance of the moment. Twitter immediately jumped on the fact that Pence will now be forced to debate Harris, with the odds clearly in her favor.
Biden and Harris took the stage together wearing masks in front of a purposefully small group of socially distanced journalists, then made separate statements about their intentions as the Democratic ticket. “The choice we make this November is going to decide the future of America for a very, very long time,” said Joe Biden.
Citing her accomplishments, Biden continued: “Donald Trump has already started his attacks calling Kamala, quote, nasty, whining about how she is, quote, mean to his appointees. It’s not a surprise because whining is what Donald Trump does best, better than any president in American history. Is anybody surprised that Donald Trump has a problem with a strong woman, or strong women across the board?”
Kamala Harris stepped into her moment and used it to chastise Trump and his administration for shirking their basic responsibilities to the country.
“I am ready to get to work,” she told reporters: “This is a moment of real consequence for America. Everything we care about, our economy, our health, our children, the kind of country we live in, it’s all on the line.”
Senator Harris continued: “America is crying out for leadership, yet we have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him.”
Harris also noted that Trump had inherited a robust economy from Barack Obama: “And then, like everything else he inherited, he ran it straight into the ground. This is what happens when we elect a guy who just isn’t up to the job – our country ends up in tatters and so does our reputation around the world.”
The Vice Presidential nominee concluded her remarks by promising a fight. “We don’t have to accept the failed government of Trump-Pence,” she said. “In just 83 days we have a chance to choose a better future for our country.”
The running mates were then joined by their respective spouses, Dr. Jill Biden and Douglas Emhoff.