Presumptive U.S Democratic Party presidential nominee and former vice president Joe Biden has selected Senator Kamala Harris, to be his running mate.
Harris was sworn in as a senator in 2017 and she was the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. She was also California Attorney General, doing so at the same time Biden’s late son, Beau Biden, held the same post in Delaware.
She has been a lifelong public safety and civil rights leader who currently serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on the Budget.
Biden made the announcement official in a text message sent to his supporters and then tweeted out the news.
“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.
In her first public statement since Biden named her as his vice presidential running mate, Harris said she’s “honored” to join the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee on the party’s November ticket.
Harris said on Twitter that Biden “can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us.” She said Biden would build a country that “lives up to our ideals.”
President Barack Obama said in a statement that picking a vice president is the “first important decision a president makes” and Biden “nailed this decision.”
“By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgement and character,” Obama said.
In a statement, the Trump campaign called Harris “phony” and accused her of “gleefully” embracing “the left’s radical manifesto” during her presidential campaign.
“Joe Biden is no moderate, and with Harris as his ‘political living will,’ he is surrendering control of our nation to the radical mob with promises to raise taxes, cut police funding, kill energy jobs, open our borders, and appease socialist dictators.
At the ballot box, Americans will resoundingly reject the abysmal failures of Biden-Harris in favor of the America First strength of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence,” Trump 2020 senior advisor Katrina Pierson said in a statement.