From this point on, California Senator and former presidential candidate Kamala Harris becomes the first Black woman to be nominated for national office by a major political party.
As announced by all national media, Joe Biden’s campaign team has formally elected Harris as a running mate for Vice President of the United States, burying the hatchet with a tough opponent during the Democratic primary.
It was not until after the social upheaval following George Floyd’s death that the presidential nominee promised to choose a woman as his running mate. The choice of a woman of color was among the priorities of his team.
At 55, Harris is the first black woman and first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office, according to the New York Times. She is only the fourth woman in history to be elected to a presidential ballot.
The senator’s background and political views make her a crucial link in the fight to beat Donald Trump in November, primarily because of her pragmatism in addressing sensitive issues and her strong traction during her own presidential campaign.
As the Times explained, Harris “has been a reliable ally of the Democratic establishment, with flexible policy priorities that largely mirror Biden’s, and her supporters argued that she could reinforce [his] appeal to Black voters and women without stirring particularly vehement opposition on the right or left.”
“Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau,” Biden tweeted, referring to his late son, then the attorney general of Delaware. “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.
At such a critical time for the country, Harris’ nomination may hurt sensitivities amid a social struggle against structural racism.
Her record as a prosecutor has earned her widespread criticism for positions considered too harsh, and Biden’s claims of being a “transitional president” put significant weight on Harris’ shoulders.
Under normal circumstances, both candidates would campaign nonstop across the country in the run-up to the November elections, but in light of the Coronavirus public health crisis, Harris will be formally announced as a running mate at the party’s national convention, which will be virtual, the Washington Post said.
Harris also is scheduled to debate with Vice President Pence on October 7 in Utah, following the first presidential debates that will begin in September.