Biden Campaign Announces Senator Kamala Harris as Running Mate
Kamala Harris has been selected as Democratic VP candidate. Image Source: Flickr
Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday afternoon that he has officially selected Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate.
This announcement makes Kamala Harris the third female, as well as the first black and the first Asian-American candidate nominated for the role of Vice President from a major U.S. political party.
The final decision comes amid weeks of speculation and anticipation by media and political commentators, as the Biden campaign repeatedly pushed back the announcement date.
Among other prospects for the VP role have been Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Senators Tammy Duckworth and Elizabeth Warren, Georgia State Rep. Stacy Abrams, and former White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
The rationale behind her particular selection remains unknown, although it is speculated that the nomination of the California senator could provide the Democrats with some geographic certainty in the Western U.S.
Additionally, her mixed racial background and career in law enforcement oversight and addressing racial bias in policing as the district attorney of San Fransisco could make the Democratic ticket appear more proactive in light of the pressing issues of race relations and police reform, despite allegations that she resisted reforms to policing during her time as a DA.
Matthew Fuzi is the Associate Editor for The National Times.