Joe Biden is choosing California senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. The Presidential candidate announced the decision on Tuesday.
Former Vice President Joe Biden revealed his running mate selection in an email from his campaign to his supporters. “You make a lot of important decisions as president,” the statement reads. “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.”
If elected, Kamala Harris, 55, would become the nation’s first female, first black, and first Asian American vice president. Harris is currently the only Black woman in the U.S. Senate. After serving as California’s Attorney General, Harris won the senate election in 2016.
As for Biden, at 77, he would be the oldest president-elect in the country’s history.
History Behind the Connection Between Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Back in June, Joe Biden praised Kamala Harris during a virtual fundraiser. “She’s been a fighter and a principled leader and I know because I’ve seen her up close and I’ve seen her in the trenches,” he said, according to NBC News.
The decision may come as a surprise to some given the way Biden and Harris argued during the Democratic primary debates. One of the points of attack that Harris made on Biden was his record on busing and working with segregationists.
Biden expected a tough fight with Harris, however, he says the attack regarding his record on busing came as a surprise. “I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn’t prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at me,” he said. “She knew [Biden’s son] Beau, she knows me.”
Harris worked closely with Biden’s late son, Beau. At the time, Beau served as Delaware’s attorney general. In Harris’ book, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” Harris says she and Beau “talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day.”
Since dropping out of the Presidential race herself, Kamala Harris has given her full support to the Biden campaign. She regularly campaigned virtually for him in addition to holding joint fundraisers with the candidate. Most recently, she raised $3.5 million for the campaign in June.