If elected, the senator would be America's first female, first Black, and first Asian American Vice President.
After much speculation, Joe Biden has finally announced the prominent senator from California - Kamala Harris to be his running mate for this year's Presidential race on Tuesday. If elected, Harris would become the country's first female, Black, and Asian American Vice President. "You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President. I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021," wrote Biden in an email to his supporter explaining his choice. "I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person. I need someone who understands the pain that so many people in our nation are suffering. Whether they’ve lost their job, their business, a loved one to this virus," continued Biden according to NBC News.
"This president says he 'doesn’t want to be distracted by it.' He doesn’t understand that taking care of the people of this nation — all the people — isn’t a distraction — it’s the job. Kamala understands that. I need someone who understands that we are in a battle for the soul of this nation. And that if we’re going to get through these crises — we need to come together and unite for a better America. Kamala gets that," he wrote. Responding to this news, Harris, who is the daughter of an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father, posted a tweet that read: @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. 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. The campaign revealed that Harris and Biden will be making an appearance in Biden's hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, today to speak.
Harris, 55, was a 2020 Democratic candidate who fought against Biden and shed light on racial issues during the first primary debate. But in December last year, she withdrew from the race due to insufficient funds. Harris' mother Shyamala Gopalan left India in 1958 to pursue a doctorate in nutrition and endocrinology at UC Berkely, and later became a breast cancer researcher. There she met Harris' father, Donald Harris, and had two daughters with him. When Harris was five, her parents separated and she was primarily brought up in a Hindu household by her single mother, she wrote in her 2018 autobiography according to BBC. She was inspired to attend law school after participating in civil rights protests with her parents.
Harris earned an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings, and her career was kickstarted in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. She had several barrier-breaking moments in her career, including the time she became District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco in 2003. Then she was elected as the "first African-American and first woman to serve as California's Attorney General. In this role, she worked tirelessly to hold corporations accountable and protect the state’s most vulnerable people."
After completing two terms as the District Attorney, Harris was elected to serve as a United States Senator for California, becoming the "second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history" to have been sworn into the position. Harris has spent most of her life fighting injustices and advocating for those who cannot defend themselves. She continues to work towards introducing reforms in our broken criminal justice system, supporting families of veterans and military, making healthcare a right for every American, expanding access to childcare for working parents, and addressing surging cases of substance abuse.
(1/2) Was there ever more of an exciting day? For our entire country of course, but especially for my Black and Indian sisters, many of us who have gone our entire lives thinking that someone who looks like us may never hold high office? We work so hard and contribute to the pic.twitter.com/LpG0DvsGuT— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 11, 2020
(2/2) fabric of our lives in America, & now to see @SenKamalaHarris rise to the top like this? It’s thrilling!! I am filled with hope and excitement. Thank you @JoeBiden. Let’s do this! @meenaharris @mayaharris_ @RohiniKos #sisterhood #letsdothis #bidenharris2020— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 11, 2020