Joe Biden announced he has chosen California Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate heading into November’s presidential election, adding his former rival for the Democratic nomination to the ticket.
The Biden campaign made the announcement in a text message to supporters on Tuesday.
“Joe Biden here. Big news: I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate. Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump,” the message said, adding a link to Biden’s campaign website.
The Biden campaign announced the two will make their first appearance together on Wednesday at an event in Wilmington, Delaware.
Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, President Trump brought back one of his favorite insults from the 2016 campaign, calling Harris “nasty.”
“She was very very nasty, to — one of the reasons that surprised me, she was very — she was probably nastier than even Pocahontas to Joe Biden. She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden, and it’s hard to pick somebody that’s that disrespectful,” the president said.
He also recalled her treatment of his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, in 2018, during his confirmation hearing. “She was extraordinarily nasty to Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh then — now Justice Kavanaugh,” Mr. Trump said. He added, “I won’t forget that soon.” Harris had pressed Kavanaugh about sexual misconduct allegations leveled at him dating back to high school and college.
Other potential candidates who had been considered for the role immediately praised Biden’s choice. Former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice called Harris “a tenacious and trailblazing leader who will make a great partner on the campaign trail,” adding that she is “confident that Biden-Harris will prove to be a winning ticket.”
Representative Val Demings, who had also been vetted, said in a statement that Harris’ selection was a historic moment for the country.
“For a little girl who grew up poor, Black and female in the South to be considered during this process has been an incredible honor. I feel so blessed,” Demings said. “To see a Black woman nominated for the first time reaffirms my faith that in America, there is a place for every person to succeed no matter who they are or where they come from.”
Former President Barack Obama said Harris is “more than prepared for the job” and that his former vice president “nailed this decision.”
“By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “Reality shows us that these attributes are not optional in a president. They’re requirements of the job. And now Joe has an ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead.”
Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, whose endorsement of Biden before the South Carolina primary was crucial to his win, said he was “very pleased” that Harris was selected. “Today is one more chapter in this country living out its true creed that all men, and in this instance women, are created equal,” Clyburn said. “Those of us who have been battling for years now trying to get this country forward toward a more perfect union, are very, very pleased with today.”
Harris, 55, was widely seen as an early favorite for the position even before the vetting process began. The only Black woman serving in the Senate, Biden’s historic announcement means Harris is also the first Black woman to be selected as a major party’s vice presidential candidate. The path to her selection was not an easy one, however.
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