Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Tuesday that Kamala Harris will be his vice presidential running mate.
A U.S. Senator from California and Biden’s formal rival during early presidential primaries, Harris becomes the first Black woman to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket.
“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,” Biden tweeted. “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. 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.”
A former prosecutor and California attorney general, Harris was criticized by Biden and the political left during the primaries or her tough stance on crime.
Harris is 55, more than 20 years younger than Biden, 77, he former vice president under President Barak Obama whose age was a concern for some Democratic voters.
“.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals,” Harris tweeted. “I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”
Biden and Harris will formally accept their nominations during the Democratic National Convention next week via video because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
The Daily Wire reported in an in-depth profile on Harris last year. “She is fiercely defensive of abortion rights, supports curtailing Second Amendment rights, supports single-payer/’Medicare for All’ health insurance, supports marijuana legalization, and favors sanctuary cities and other sovereignty-undermining, pro-amnesty immigration policies.”
Last year, Harris said that she believed “women who say they felt uncomfortable after receiving unwanted touching from former Vice President Joe Biden,” The Hill reported.
“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said.
Biden and Harris will face President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the Nov. 3 election.
“This moment is long overdue. For far too long, we have undervalued Black women’s political power and their role in shaping our culture, communities, and country,” Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, said in a statement after the pick was announced.
President Donald Trump tweeted out a video a few minutes after the announcement that said, “Kamala Harris ran for president by rushing to the radical left, embracing Bernie’s plan for socialized medicine, calling for trillions in new taxes, attacking Joe Biden for racist policies.”
Biden pledged in March to pick a woman as his running mate.