Joe Biden Selects Senator Kamala Harris As Vice Presidential Running Mate

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2020

The Trump campaign has unveiled the president's insulting nickname for Kamala Harris, the vice presidential pick for Democratic nominee Joe Biden: "Phony Kamala".

Her selection came as little surprise. With the United States in the midst of a reckoning over its history of racial injustice, Biden had increasingly been pressed to select a woman of color.

In 2017, she became the second Black senator in U.S. history and the first South Asian American in that position.

But Harris did anything but keep a low profile while Biden was making up his mind.

After being elected to the Senate in 2016, she quickly gained attention for her assertive questioning of Trump administration officials during congressional hearings. "She has the ability to go toe-to-toe with anybody".


Her background as San Francisco District Attorney and California Attorney General, roles in which she fought to keep people in prison after they were proved innocent, defended the California death penalty system, and resisted investigating certain police shootings, could hurt both her and the ticket, especially during a time when the "defund the police" movement is quite popular in the Democratic party. Elizabeth Warren of MA were in contention for Biden's running mate. Her position on healthcare, for example, became a mishmash. Facing fundraising problems, she abruptly withdrew from the race in December 2019, two months before the first votes of the primary were cast.

Now, Payne said, "There is a little more of a defined voice". "She is more than prepared for the job", tweeted Trump's predecessor.

"Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau [Biden]", Biden said in a tweet.

Kamala Harris, who lived in Berkeley until the age of 12, kicked off her presidential candidacy in Oakland on January 27, 2019.

Harris, like Biden, made a bid for the presidential nomination.


Lara Bazelon, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law who previous year assailed Harris' record as a prosecutor and attorney general, said Harris has made an "important shift" on criminal justice. She now hopes Harris will become a leading adviser to Biden on the issue.

In short, some do not feel that Harris is the progressive prosecutor she pretends to be, and many on the far left do not feel she's progressive enough.

Upon Biden's announcement, Harris received an endorsement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Of Biden's vow to choose a woman, Trump said, "Some people would say that men are insulted by that". In one memorable exchange, a flustered Jeff Sessions, then the attorney general, told her: "I'm not able to be rushed this fast - it makes me nervous".

[One of the] altercation [s] was initiated by CNN when the debate's moderators asked Harris if her position against federally mandated busing was the same as the one touted by Biden. Biden's wife, Jill, later said she viewed the attack as a "punch in the gut", while some Biden aides saw it as opportunistic. "I don't hold grudges", he said.


But her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination ended miserably, with Harris exiting from the race in December past year. That push, in turn, sparked a backlash among Harris' supporters who called the arguments sexist. "She understands the urgency of the moment and will work to restore competent, moral leadership to Washington". "She did some fence-mending to get ready for the moment".

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