Joe Biden’s VP Pick: Kamala Harris

Joe Biden has announced his pick for Vice President, after months of keeping the public curious. He’s chosen Kamala Harris, a former presidential candidate herself. Biden had been promising to pick a woman as his running mate, and had been strongly encouraged by voters to choose a BIPOC.

Kamala Harris Joe Biden running mate
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Ballotpedia notes that Harris has the distinction of being the first Indian American to serve in the U.S. Senate, and she endorsed Biden after suspending her own presidential campaign. Biden thanked her for her endorsement, praising her career.

On Tuesday, Biden announced that Kamala Harris would be his pick for VP, citing her work with his son, Beau Biden, when she served as Attorney General for California, and her devotion to protecting women and children, and supporting workers.

For her part, Harris has called Biden a strong, competent leader, who can take control and help bring the nation back from the many crises it’s facing today.

In a press release, Biden described Harris as a fighter for working families, a defender of Obamacare, a prosecutor of drug smugglers and human traffickers, and a trailblazer who was not only the first Black woman to serve as as San Francisco’s District Attorney and the first Black woman to be elected California Attorney General, but also the first Black woman to represent California in the United States Senate. If Biden is elected in November, she’ll make several more firsts as Vice President.

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