Joe Biden named Kamala Harris as his companion on Tuesday to help him defeat President Donald Trump in November. This is a historic decision that recognizes the role of black voters in the elections.
Harris, 55, is the first black woman to finish second on the Democratic ticket. In her election, Biden picked a former rival for the nomination who gained admiration for her campaigning skills and was a top candidate for the vice president nomination once her own bid ended.
Biden informed supporters of his choice via text messages and social media posts as speculation has risen in recent days that his election was imminent.
"I have the great honor to announce that I have chosen @KamalaHarris – a fearless little fella fighter and one of the best civil servants in the country – as my companion," Biden wrote on Twitter.
"Together with you we will beat Trump," read the campaign's text message.
The two will perform in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday.
"I am honored to join him as our party's candidate for Vice President and to do everything possible to make him our Commander-in-Chief," wrote Harris after her announcement on Twitter.
Democrats rallied to Biden's election, paying tribute to Harris, who came in from their rivals for the Running Mate slot and from the party's most famous names.
"Joe Biden made that decision," former President Barack Obama said in a statement. "The election of a vice president is the first important decision a president makes."
Obama has known Harris, who serves as a Senator from California, for years. She was an early supporter of his 2008 presidential campaign and he offered her the attorney general's place in his administration when she was California's top female police officer, but she turned down the chance to run the Justice Department.
"Joe has an ideal partner to help tackle the very real challenges America is facing now and for the year ahead," said Obama, concluding, "Now we want to win this thing."
At the White House, however, Donald Trump called Harris "angry" and said he was surprised that Biden would pick someone who was "disrespectful" to him and attacked her for calling her "the most liberal senator." His campaign called it "false", although when asked for that description he said "oh" which suggested he may not have noticed the attack.
The Democratic ticket was formalized at a time of economic turmoil, racist unrest, and the worsening coronavirus pandemic that infected more than 5 million Americans and killed more than 150,000 people.
Trump has received poor ratings from voters for handling the pandemic and racial relations, which many see as an opportunity for Biden to win the White House. Biden tops Trump in most national polls.
The Biden campaign posted a photo of Joe Biden speaking to Kamala Harris on Tuesday shortly after he announced that she was his run mate
Joe Biden hugs Kamala Harris during a rally in Detroit in March 2019, where she campaigned for his nomination. After leaving Democratic Elementary School, she supported Biden
Then President Barack Obama with Kamala Harris when she was Attorney General of California in April 2013 in San Francisco
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be on the debate stage together in Detroit in July 2019
Kamala Harris with her husband Doug Emhoff and his children from his previous marriage: Cole and Ella, the Harris & # 39; Momala & # 39; call
When making his choice, Biden also admitted that Harris was a close friend of his beloved late son, Beau, who died in 2015 of complications from brain cancer.
When Kamala was the attorney general, she worked closely with Beau. I watched them take over the big banks, pick up working people, and protect women and children from abuse. I was proud then and now I am proud to have her as my partner in this campaign, ”Biden wrote on Twitter.
Kamala Harris was good friends with Beau Biden and tweeted this photo of himself and Beau Biden on the anniversary of his death in May 2019
Harris was Attorney General of California when Beau, Biden's late son, was Attorney General of Delaware.
A total of 11 women from Biden were considered to join him, a mix of senators, governors, mayors and members of Congress.
Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, is considered a safe choice – a black woman qualified for the job based on experience, a compelling personal story, and a trusted member of the Democratic establishment.
No woman has ever served as president or vice-president. Two were nominated as running mates for big party tickets: the Democrat Geraldine Ferraro (1984) and the Republican Sarah Palin (2008). Hillary Clinton was the Democratic nominee in 2016. None of these campaigns were successful.
Biden's choice was closely watched, given his age. If he wins in November, when inaugurated in January 2021, Biden 78 would be the oldest man to ever assume the presidency. He has described himself as a transitional figure and has not fully committed to serving two terms.
Trump's campaign has already continued the attack on Harris.
"It is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left," Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson said in a statement.
And President Trump slammed her during his White House press conference on Tuesday, noting that she had questioned his Supreme Court candidate, Brett Kavanaugh, harshly for confirmation during that controversial hearing, and he said she was Biden in the primary " angry".
"She was very, very angry," he said. "She was probably worse than Pocahontas to Joe Biden," he said, comparing Harris to Elizabeth Warren and using his derogatory nickname for the Massachusetts Senator.
& # 39; She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden. It's hard to pick someone who is disrespectful. She said things during the debate during the Democratic primary debates that were terrible for Sleepy Joe. And I would think he wouldn't have picked her, "Trump remarked, referring to the main debate in which Harris criticized Biden's record in a school bus program.
He also pointed out the "terrible" way she treated Kavanaugh. "I thought she was the meanest, horrible and disrespectful in the US Senate."
Harris, a former prosecutor, was commended by the Democrats for her tough questioning of Kavanaugh during his hearing.
Then Vice President Joe Biden speaks with Senator Kamala Harris and her aunt Dr. Sarala Gopalan during the swearing-in ceremony in the Capitol in January 2017
Kamala Harris will be Joe Biden's run mate
Joe Biden was able to announce his runners on Tuesday and gave no indication of who he would like to name on site
The official logo of the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris campaign
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It took President Donald Trump little time to launch a series of furious personal attacks and allegations against the nation's first black female vice-presidential candidate, whom Senator Kamala Harris described as "evil" and "mean".
Trump hosted the insults from the White House podium and picked a Vice President election that the Democrats embraced in part for their television viewing experience after vowing to "prosecute" Trump.
“She was very angry – one of the reasons that surprised me was she was probably more evil to Joe Biden than Pocahontas,” Trump said, using the bow he often attaches to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, another candidate.
"She's been very disrespectful to Joe Biden and it's difficult to pick someone who is so disrespectful," Trump said, referring to angry clashes between Biden and Harris during the campaign.
"If she said things during the debates, during the primary Democratic debates, that were terrible for Sleepy Joe, I would think you wouldn't have chosen her," Trump said.
He also raised their explosions at Brett Kavanaugh's during his Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court.
“I watched her for a long time and was a little surprised. She was extremely angry with Judge Kavanaugh, now Judge Kavanaugh. She was so angry it was just a horrible thing as she was, how she was now treating Justice Kavanaugh. And I'm not going to forget that anytime soon, ”Trump said of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.
"I thought she was the meanest, horrible and disrespectful in the US Senate," told Kavanaugh, who faced rape allegations during his confirmatory hearing, which Kavanaugh denied.
“It was my first choice, as you would say,” Trump said. "It was my first choice and we'll see how it works," he added, saying that it did "badly" in the primaries.
Trump also called her a "person who has told a great many stories that are not true" and made repeated efforts to bind her to the "radical left".
His campaign stayed away from the same harsh personal assaults in a press conference with reporters mostly focused on ideology, though the campaign only allowed two questions.
The White House podium attacks came after Biden selected as his candidate the former rival who delivered the fiercest attack of the 2020 nomination process – a Senate club member who accused him of working on segregationists and opposing school buses.
It was a dramatic moment that the Trump campaign did not remember for long. Shortly after being selected, Team Trump released a web video describing Harris as "wrong" and "Joe Biden attacked for racist politics".
Attempts have also been made to cast her as part of the “radical left,” though one reason Biden might have chosen Harris is because of her record as a former California attorney general, potentially mitigating attacks on a candidate.
Trump also claimed Harris was the most liberal person in the Senate, which is not true. There are many more Democratic senators on her left. "As far as I know, she is also known as the most liberal person in the US Senate," he said.
Harris, 55, started her career as a district attorney, became a California attorney general, and joined the Senate in 2016 after Senator Barbara Boxer retired.
Her national profile grew as she used her experience as an advocate for political struggles, be it with officials and candidates for President Donald Trump in Senate hearings or with Biden in the democratic debate.
The von Biden advisory review team, led by former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, reportedly finished its work on Monday.
Biden didn't show his hand and joked with reporters at public appearances over the weekend but gave no indication of who he would vote for. He had spoken to all competitors either in person or remotely as the coronavirus was imposing restrictions.
The suspected Democratic candidate originally said he would announce his runners-up in the first week of August, but that schedule has been postponed.
He has also vowed to name a woman for the ticket and has been pressured to name a black woman, particularly after the death of George Floyd, which saw Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country.
Hundreds of influential black leaders, celebrities and organizers sent letters to the Biden campaign asking him to choose a black woman, the Washington Post reported, warning him that without one by his side, he would lose the election.
"If you don't choose a black woman in 2020, you lose the election," read a letter that sent more than 100 prominent black men to the Biden team. Vice President Biden: Don't take that risk. Black women define the future of politics, so it's time you defined the future of your campaign. & # 39;
The signatories include rapper Sean & # 39; Diddy & # 39; Combs, the presenter of the radio show Lenard McKelvey (a.k.a. Charlamagne tha God), the actor Cedric Kyles (a.k.a. Cedric the Entertainer) and the commentator Van Jones.
The pressure campaign against Biden increased after it was reported that he had a one-on-one interview with Michigan white governor Gretchen Whitmer. Also controversial was Senator Elizabeth Warren, a left wing favorite of the party.
Other black contenders were former National Security Advisor Susan Rice; Representatives Val Demings and Karen Bass; former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams; and the Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottom.
All women have been exposed to a barrage of opposition research in the past few weeks, with some of the reporting classified as sexist and unfair.
Vice President Mike Pence also weighed on Harris' start of the race. He will discuss them at the Vice Presidential Debate on October 7th, which is scheduled for Salt Lake City.
"Let me take this opportunity to greet you for the race," he said during an event in Arizona on Tuesday afternoon. & # 39; Congratulations. See you in Salt Lake City! & # 39;
Biden spent the weekend at his family's beach house in Rehoboth, Delaware, but returned to Wilmington on Monday to prepare for his big announcement.
He fueled speculation during several public sightings in the beach town.
On Saturday, while on an impromptu bike ride while wearing a face mask, Biden was asked by a Fox News reporter if he'd decided to race.
"Yeah," Biden said, adding that he would choose the reporter. Biden employees said the former vice president was kidding.
And after Biden went to church on Sunday, he was asked again if he had made a decision.
"Are you ready," he replied.
President Trump Said Kamala Harris "Bad" Biden In Democratic Elementary School
Vice President Mike Pence said he looked forward to debating Kamala Harris
Senator Kamala Harris at the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing in September 2018; Trump criticized her as "terrible" for his Supreme Court candidate, but the Democrats praised her tough questioning
The Immigrant Daughter with the White House within Your Reach: Meet Joe Biden's runmate Kamala Harris, who prosecuted criminals and devastated Trump's candidates (and was helped to the top by her married lover)
Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants whose career has been defined by a series of firsts – the first black woman to serve as a district attorney in San Francisco and the first black woman to serve in the California attorney general – has added another first to this list: the first black vice presidential candidate.
Suspected Democratic candidate Joe Biden named his former rival for the runner-up nomination on Tuesday and gave her a seat by his side as he works to defeat President Donald Trump in November.
Harris, 55, made a name for herself in both her work as a prosecutor and on the community side in San Francisco for her friendships with the city's elite and her relationship with former Mayor Willie Brown.
She started her career as the city's district attorney, became a California attorney general, and joined the Senate in 2016 after Senator Barbara Boxer retired.
Her national profile grew as she used her experience as an advocate for political struggles, be it with officials and candidates for President Donald Trump in Senate hearings or with Biden in the democratic debate.
It was this debate stage flogging – when she criticized Biden for his position on a federal bus program that benefited minorities, including himself – that made her the top tier of the presidential run. It also earned her a nickname from Trump, which she called "Phony Kamala".
Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants whose career has been defined by a series of firsts – the first black woman to serve as a district attorney in San Francisco and the first black woman to serve in the California attorney general – has added another first to this list: the first black vice presidential candidate
Suspected Democratic candidate Joe Biden named his former rival for the runner-up nomination on Tuesday and gave her a seat by his side as he works to defeat President Donald Trump in November
Biden looked visibly surprised when Harris told him on the Miami Debate Stage last July, “There was a little girl in California who was part of the second grade trying to integrate her public schools and she got with the Brought the bus to school, and that was the little girl too. & # 39;
The moment helped her get on the polls and quickly raise $ 2 million in donations, but her campaign went downhill from there and fell behind on polls and fundraisers as Harris struggled with her embassy and was plagued by internal staff disputes.
In November, she laid off employees and put all her hopes in Iowa. A month later, on December 3, 2019, she broke the presidential race two months before Iowa held its meetings.
In an air of political irony, it was an early focus on health policy and economic issues during the busy season that hurt their campaign, as none of the areas were one of their strengths.
But the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota black man who died on May 25 after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for almost 9 minutes, put racial relations at the forefront of the country and saw Black Lives Matter demonstrations throughout the country.
Biden had vowed to name a woman as his runmate. Harris' name was already on the list, but after Floyd's death, pressure rose on the Democratic candidate to name a black woman.
Harris, along with former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and several other celebrity women, became a top contestant for second place.
Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California, across the bay in a much less affluent neighborhood than where she would make a name for herself
Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was the daughter of an Indian diplomat and a women's rights activist. She graduated from the University of Delhi at the age of nineteen and, to avoid an arranged marriage, went to the University of California at Berkeley for a degree. There she met another PhD student, Donald Harris (together on the right) from Jamaica, who was studying for his PhD. in business, during a political protest
Kamala Harris, back row left, in an undated family photo. Next to her from left is her grandmother Rajam Gopalan, grandfather P.V. Gopalan and Sister Maya Harris. With them are Maya's daughter Meena (left) and Harris & # 39; cousin Sharada Balachandran Orihuela
Harris & # 39; husband is a Los Angeles corporate attorney. The two married at a small ceremony in Santa Barbara in 2014 after meeting on a blind date a year earlier. Maya officiated. He has two grown children from a previous marriage: Cole and Ella. Harris calls herself "Momala", the name her stepchildren gave her
A total of 11 women are said to have been considered, a mix of senators, governors, mayors and members of Congress.
And when Harris & # 39; s name appeared on the list of contenders, there was speculation that the moment of debate might count against her. Jill Biden told followers that Harris' comment was like a punch in the stomach.
There was also a report in Politico that some of Biden's allies were concerned that the California senator might join the ticket, saying she was too "ambitious" – which was seen as an insult to her given her qualifications to hold the office to take over.
Biden literally had the answers to all of the questions asked at a July 28 press conference in Wilmington when an Associated Press photographer jotted the writing on his notepad filled with praise for Harris: & # 39; Hold no grudges. & # 39; "Campaign with me and Jill." "Talented." "Great help with the campaign." "Great respect for you."
Harris & # 39; ties to the Biden family go back to the eldest son Beau, who died in May 2015 of complications from a brain tumor. The two merged while serving as attorneys general in their respective states. They used each other as a sounding board and texted each other often, mutual friends told the Associated Press last year.
Beau introduced Harris to his father, who was serving as Barack Obama's Vice President at the time. Joe Biden supported Harris early on in her Senate campaign, noting that she was a friend of his son.
"Beau always supported her," he said in approval.
"She had been welcomed into the flock and that's basically forever with the Bidens," a family friend told The Daily Beast last month as Harris "went through the vice president's review process.
Harris' start in politics came a long way from the Biden family on the other side of the country in San Francisco, a city proud of its political names: Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, Dianne Feinstein and Willie Brown.
And Harris added her name to that list.
She made it partially through Brown. The two started dating in the spring of 1994 when she showed up on his date at several high profile events. She was 30 and Brown was 60 and served as the Democratic Speaker of the California State Assembly. He was then and is married, but lives separately from his wife. He has had a number of girlfriends.
Harris' start in politics came a long way from the Biden family on the other side of the country in San Francisco, a city proud of its political names: Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, Dianne Feinstein and Willie Brown (1995 together pictured). Harris and Brown began their relationship in the spring of 1994 when she showed up on his date at several high profile events. She was 30 and Brown was 60 and served as the Democratic Speaker of the California State Assembly. He was then and is married, but lives separately from his wife. The two met for a short while when he ran for mayor and split between his victory ceremony and the swearing-in ceremony. Harris has since named their romance "Albatross" around her neck
Harris & # 39; ties to the Biden family go back to eldest son Beau (pictured together), who died of complications from a brain tumor in May 2015. The two merged while serving as attorneys general in their respective states. They used each other as a sounding board and texted each other often, mutual friends told the Associated Press last year
In 2002, she challenged San Francisco's acting district attorney, progressive Terence Hallinan, who was her former boss. She left the office – known for disorganization and low conviction rates – and started her campaign against him. Her tenure as the best cop in town has been controversial, especially a case that made national news. In 2004, shortly after taking over the prosecution, she declined to pursue the death penalty for a gang member accused of shooting 29-year-old San Francisco police officer Isaac Espinoza, despite strong political pressure the police union
Beau introduced Harris to his father, who was serving as Barack Obama's Vice President at the time. Joe Biden supported Harris early on in her Senate campaign, noting that she was a friend of his son. "Beau always supported her," he said in approval
The two met for a short while when he ran for mayor and split between his victory ceremony and the swearing-in ceremony. Harris has since named their romance "Albatross" around her neck.
But Brown opened doors for her when he opened doors to other politicians like Gavin Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco who is now governor of California. Brown appointed Newsom to the San Francisco Parking and Traffic Commission and later to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors – positions that paved his way to the mayor's office.
Brown arranged appointments for Harris on two state boards: the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the Medical Assistance Commission. Together, the appointments paid her about four hundred thousand dollars over five years. He gave her a BMW.
She used her connections to join the city's social elite. She joined the board of directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, working on issues such as AIDS. She performed on the society's pages as galas, fashion shows, and posh weddings.
In 2002, she challenged San Francisco's acting district attorney, progressive Terence Hallinan, who was her former boss. She left the office – known for disorganization and low conviction rates – and started her campaign against him.
To combat the images of her publications in society, she opened her campaign office in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, a historically non-white area.
She sat down outside post offices and grocery stores with an ironing board – called it the first standing desk and showed the minority how to turn an ordinary household tool into an executive instrument.
But she struggled to gain a foothold as a moderate candidate in a three-person race. Then the ultra-liberal candidate Bill Fazio published a campaign hit against Harris: “I don't care if Willie Brown is Kamala Harris's ex-boyfriend. What bothers me is that Kamala has accepted two appointments from Willie Brown to high-paying, part-time state boards – including one she had no training on – while earning $ 100,000 a year as a full-time employee in the county. & # 39;
Biden looked visibly surprised when Harris told him on the Miami Debate Stage last July, “There was a little girl in California who was part of the second grade trying to integrate her public schools and she got with the Bus brought to school, and that too little girl was me & # 39;
The moment helped her get on the polls and quickly raise $ 2 million in donations, but her campaign went downhill from there and fell behind on polls and fundraisers as Harris struggled with her embassy and was plagued by internal staff disputes. In November, she laid off employees and put all her hopes in Iowa. A month later, on December 3, 2019, she broke the presidential race two months before Iowa held its meetings
THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE KAMALA HARRIS
Harris' mother, the daughter of an Indian diplomat and suffragette, graduated from Delhi University at nineteen and went to the University of California at Berkeley to avoid an arranged marriage. She was one of the most famous breast cancer researchers in the country. She died of colon cancer in 2009.
Harris & # 39; father is a retired economics professor from Stanford. Originally from Jamaica, he met Gopalan at a political protest when both students were in Berkley. The couple divorced when Harris was seven years old.
Harris & # 39; maternal grandfather. During the final years of British rule, he was an Indian freedom fighter in the independence movement and a career official who later became a diplomat. Harris, when she was five years old, visited her grandfather while on duty in Lusaka, Zambia. The two exchanged long letters and she credits him with her interest in public service.
Harris & # 39; sister who works as a public order attorney and served as chair of Harris's presidential campaign. Maya Harris was also the 2016 campaign policy advisor to Hillary Clinton, director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and vice president of the Ford Foundation. The sisters are two years apart – Kamala is the oldest – and spoke of their early childhood.
Kamala's niece, born when Maya was 17 years old and recently graduated from high school. Kamala and Shyamala helped raise Meena while Maya went to college. Maya is now a mother herself and makes Harris a great aunt.
Harris & # 39; husband is a Los Angeles corporate attorney. The two married at a small ceremony in Santa Barbara in 2014 after meeting on a blind date a year earlier. Maya officiated. He has two grown children from a previous marriage: Cole and Ella. Harris calls herself "Momala", the name her stepchildren gave her.
It backfired, putting Harris in a run-off against Hallinan, which she continued to win.
Her tenure as the best cop in town has been controversial, especially a case that made national news.
In 2004, shortly after taking over the prosecution, she declined to pursue the death penalty for a gang member accused of shooting 29-year-old San Francisco police officer Isaac Espinoza, despite strong political pressure the police union.
Harris had stood up for the promise never to prosecute the death penalty and had kept it throughout the case.
The killer was sentenced to life imprisonment.
In 1973, California passed a law calling the killer of a police officer into question for the death penalty. Instead, Harris & # 39; s office led a life in prison without parole.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein was invited to deliver a laudatory speech at Espinoza's funeral calling for the death penalty to be used in this case. Feinstein received a standing ovation from the hundreds of ordinary officers at the funeral when Harris sat in the front row.
Harris has made her experience as a prosecutor one of her main arguments as to why she should take over President Donald Trump in 2020.
"I've had only one client all my life: the people," Harris said in January 2019 when she officially launched her campaign for the Democratic President nomination.
"Fighting for people meant fighting for survivors of sexual assault – a fight not only against predators, but also against silence and stigma."
She ran for attorney general in California in 2010 and for the Senate in 2016.
During her tenure in the Senate, she made headlines at a Justice Committee hearing in May 2019 about her questioning of Attorney General Bill Barr.
“Has the President or anyone in the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation into anyone? Yes or no, please, sir, ”she said to him. Barr stuttered and didn't answer her question.
From her place in the judiciary, she interviewed a number of high profile figures in hearings, including then Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said Harris' questions made him "nervous"; Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
She was one of the senators who called for Senator Al Franken to resign after allegations of sexual harassment. She voted in favor of both impeachment proceedings against President Trump, who was acquitted by the Senate.
Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California, across the bay in a much less affluent neighborhood than where she would make a name for herself.
Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was the daughter of an Indian diplomat and a women's rights activist. She graduated from the University of Delhi at the age of nineteen and, to avoid an arranged marriage, went to the University of California at Berkeley for a degree. There she met another PhD student, Donald Harris from Jamaica, who was studying for his PhD. in business, during a political protest.
Her parents divorced when she was seven years old. Gopalan, one of the most famous breast cancer researchers in the country, is recognized by Harris as an introduction to the civil rights movement and social activism.
"My mom always said, don't sit around complaining about things, do something," Harris told 20,000 followers at their inaugural rally in Oakland on the 2019 Martin Luther King weekend.
Gopalan died of colon cancer in 2009.
Harris & # 39; father is still alive, but the two are not close. He is a retired Stanford economics professor who studied topics such as income inequality.
Harris began her career as a lawyer in 1990 after graduating from Howard University in Washington DC and the University of California's Hastings College of the Law.
She married Doug Emhoff, a Los Angeles corporate attorney, at a small ceremony in 2014 after meeting him on a blind date last year. He has two children from a previous marriage: Cole and Ella. Harris calls herself "Momala", the name her stepchildren gave her.
She is close to her sister Maya, who served as the chair of her campaign. She also helped raise her niece Meena, who was born when Maya was 17 years old.
Her first job was with the Alameda County Attorney's Office in Oakland, where Terence Hallinan asked her to work for him to begin her political ascent.
Top Black Democrat Jim Clyburn says Kamala Harris on the ticket will inspire "all women" – as a loser on the VP race line-up, to congratulate her and to promise her support
Rep. Jim Clyburn, the most powerful black Democrat in Congress, announced Joe Biden's election of Senator Kamala Harris as vice president, saying the election would appeal to "all women."
"I'm very happy with it and you are happy too," said Clyburn, referring to his own reaction and that of his three daughters to the Harris announcement via text message Tuesday afternoon. "And as are women across the nation – not just African American women, but all women I think are proud of and looking forward to a successful campaign."
Clyburn spoke to reporters over a Zoom call when Democratic women, including some who were also vying for the Veep spot, responded favorably to Harris as an election.
On a Zoom call Tuesday, top black Democrat in Congress, Rep. Jim Clyburn, announced the election of Kamala Harris as a vice president that would inspire "all women".
Democratic women, also under consideration, like former 2020 nominee Senator Elizabeth Warren, got involved shortly after the Biden campaign was announced on Twitter
Rep. Jim Clyburn said he believed the last three Biden had earlier this week, Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Karen Bass, whom Harris called "good choices," and former Amb. Susan Rice
Susan Rice, former Ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor to President Obama, congratulated Senator Kamala Harris on Twitter on Tuesday. She was widely regarded as a finalist for the Vice Presidential Seat
Rep. Jim Clyburn said he believed Rep. Val Demings, former Orlando police chief, had been "on the inside trail" for a while. More recently, Clyburn believed the last three were Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Karen Bass, and the former Amb. Susan Rice
"Kamala Harris will be a great partner for Joe Biden in making our government a powerful force in the fight for social, racial and economic justice," tweeted Senator Elizabeth Warren, who, like Harris primarily competed against Biden in Democratic 2020, tweeted.
She was also considered for VP.
Senator Kamala Harris is a fearless and staunch advocate of American families and the rule of law. Excited about this team and America's future, ”tweeted Rep. Val Demings, another woman who reportedly checked the Biden campaign for the job.
California legislature Karen Bass and another contemplated woman called Harris a "good choice" for the Vice President.
“California is better for her job as an attorney general and stronger for her job as a senator. Now all Americans will benefit from their work as vice president, ”wrote Bass.
Another top contender, Susan Rice, congratulated Harris on Twitter, describing her as a "tenacious and trailblazing leader."
"I am confident that Biden-Harris will prove to be a win," said Rice. "I will do my best to help them win and rule."
Clyburn told reporters that he suspected Biden had shut down the pool on Harris, Bass and Rice while saying he previously believed Demings, the former Orlando police chief, had "the inside lead."
All of the top candidates are black, although Harris also represents Asian Americans as her late mother was an Indian immigrant.
But in the past two or three days I'd figured it was Harris, Bass, and Rice. Nobody told me that, I felt that, ”said Clyburn.
And then, a few hours before the election was published, Biden called Clyburn and said the decision had been made and he had chosen Harris, a California senator who sits on the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee.
Clyburn said he was a little worried that he would reveal Biden's secret to his three daughters.
"And I hope they'll forgive me for keeping the cat out of my pocket because he called me this morning and I didn't share the news with any of them," said Clyburn.
Clyburn said he didn't put his thumb on the scales when a shortlist was developing.
“I didn't recommend anyone to him. I told him how I felt about each and every one he asked me about, ”said the South Carolina congressman, praising potential picks that were Asian, Latin American, African American, and white.
However, he revealed that he had spoken a lot with Biden about the selection.
“Yes, my advice has been taken and I have spoken to him several times to date. In fact, I've talked to him more in the last four or five days than I had all year, ”said Clyburn.
Clyburn's approval in South Carolina Elementary School on February 29 changed Biden's fate after underperforming in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire Elementary School.
A week earlier, things had changed for the former vice president when in a distant second he came behind Bernie Sanders in the Nevada congregations.
With his staggering comeback in the southern state, the first test of a candidate's strength among black Democratic voters, Biden went on to become the best Sanders on Super Tuesday.
It also attracted support from most of the moderates in the party, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Texas MP Beto O & # 39; Rourke.
On March 8, a few days after Biden's Super Tuesday win, Harris also approved of the former Veep.
Some Democrats have feared that her prosecutorial record would come back to prosecute, especially as Biden may be looking for a woman of color to be his runmate after George Floyd passed away on Memorial Day.
Clyburn said Tuesday that he didn't think that's fair.
"How can we ask to have police chiefs of color, prosecutors of color, and then hold them against them once they get into the position?" Asked Clyburn. & # 39; That is foolhardy. We want people in every job. & # 39;
"Val was a good police chief and I think Kamala was a good prosecutor," he added, referring to Demings and Harris.
Deming's past as police chief has also been of concern to some in the party as Democrats scramble to capitalize on the momentum of the protests against Black Lives Matter.
Harris has also been portrayed as too ambitious to put the ticket on.
Clyburn put down that feeling too.
He called questions about Harris' loyalty to Biden "problematic" and suggested they were sexist.
"I've never heard anyone ask a man such a question," said Clyburn. “You know, come on. When Bill Clinton picked Gore, they'd run against each other. When Obama picked Biden, they ran against each other. Both had ambitions to become president. & # 39;
“And I seem to remember that Biden said some things in the campaign that the media worked with that he found problematic. Obama went beyond that, ”Clyburn continued. "And Biden has shown that he can go beyond that."
How Black Lives support helped Matter Kamala Harris come back from losing the main race – with pivotal endorsement from George Floyd's attorney
Moment of horror: Kamala Harris demonstrated in Washington DC and spoke out after the death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis
Months after her presidential campaign crashed amid questions about her political identity, Kamala Harris suddenly and forcibly found her voice – and at an accidental point in time.
Harris, a 55-year-old US Senator from California, was chosen as his fellow campaigner by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday and made history as the first black woman and Asian-American woman on a major presidential ticket.
Your selection came as no surprise. With the United States amid a reckoning of its history of racial injustice, Biden had been increasingly forced to choose a woman of color.
Harris, who became the second Senate black woman in its history when she was elected in 2016, has always topped the list.
But Harris did anything but hold back while Biden made up his mind.
Instead, she appeared as a fierce advocate of police reform and social justice – in the Senate, on the streets and on the air, with Republicans in the Senate and fiery criticisms of Republican President Donald Trump.
"She was very determined," said Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, the long-time advocacy group for civil rights and social justice that has worked with Harris on reform issues. "She has the ability to go head to toe with anyone."
For Harris, the pioneering former California attorney general and attorney general, the moment provided a clarity of purpose that was often lacking in her failed presidential bid.
After a strong start, Harris' campaign quickly failed due to strategic somersaults. At first it positions itself as progressives in the form of reformers and senators
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Harris, then attempted to drive towards the center. Her position in healthcare, for example, became a mishmash.
It broke off in December before a single vote was cast in the Democratic nomination competitions.
"She tried to play a little in the middle and give everyone everything," said Joel Payne, a Democratic strategist who worked for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
Now Payne said, “There's a little more of a defined voice. Your public role is clearer. & # 39;
Crucial Confirmation: Ben Crump, the lawyer for George Floyd's family, wrote an article leaving Kamala Harris behind as Joe Biden's vice president
Her law enforcement background was seen as a security breach at the start of the party's nomination race. But her recent work has impressed some past skeptics who said she hasn't done enough to investigate police shootings and has been on the prosecutor's side too often in the past on unlawful conviction cases.
In the days after George Floyd died by police in Minneapolis in May and sparked a national race talk, Harris joined protesters on the streets of Washington.
On Capitol Hill, along with Senator Cory Booker, a self-running African-American candidate for the presidency, she became the engine of the Democratic effort to combat police abuse and led the backlash against an alternative Republican police reform that blew her up as "Lip service".
Her efforts received significant recognition in early August when Floyd's family lawyer Ben Crump published an opinion piece in support of her candidacy.
"The case for me is simple: she's been a change agent at all levels of government – local, state and federal – for 30 years," wrote Crump as the search for Biden's runner-up came to an end.
Lara Bazelon, Professorin an der juristischen Fakultät der Universität von San Francisco, die im vergangenen Jahr Harris 'Rekord als Staatsanwalt und Generalstaatsanwalt angegriffen hatte, sagte, Harris habe eine "wichtige Veränderung" in der Strafjustiz vorgenommen. Sie hofft nun, dass Harris ein führender Berater von Biden in dieser Angelegenheit wird.
'Sie hat einen guten, harten Stoß nach links bekommen. Ich hoffe wirklich, dass sie diesen Moment nutzt und sich dem Drang widersetzt, in Richtung Sicherheit und Zentrum zu driften «, sagte Bazelon.
Während sie sich öffentlich für soziale Gerechtigkeit einsetzte, arbeitete Harris auch daran, ihre Beziehung zu Biden zu festigen. Die beiden waren lange Zeit wegen Harris 'Freundschaft mit Bidens verstorbenem Sohn Beau Biden befreundet gewesen, der als Generalstaatsanwalt von Delaware fungierte und mit Harris zusammenarbeitete, als sie dieselbe Position für ihren Staat innehatte.
When Kamala was the attorney general, she worked closely with Beau. Ich habe beobachtet, wie sie die großen Banken übernommen, arbeitende Menschen hochgehoben und Frauen und Kinder vor Missbrauch geschützt haben “, schrieb der ältere Biden am Dienstag auf Twitter. "Ich war damals stolz und ich bin jetzt stolz, sie als meine Partnerin in dieser Kampagne zu haben."
Aber Harris 'Beziehung zu Joe Biden wurde letztes Jahr auf eine harte Probe gestellt, als sie Biden in einer demokratischen Debatte wegen seiner langjährigen Haltung zu obligatorischen Bussen für Schüler öffentlicher Schulen verprügelte. Bidens Frau Jill sagte später, sie betrachte den Angriff als "Schlag in den Bauch", während einige Biden-Helfer ihn als opportunistisch betrachteten.
Seit sie ihn im März unterstützt hat, ist Harris ein vehementer Verfechter seiner Kandidatur und eine effektive Spendenaktion für ihn geworden. Biden sagte Reportern im August, er habe die Debatte hinter sich gelassen. »Ich habe keinen Groll«, sagte er.
Trotzdem musste Harris eine Lobbykampagne in letzter Minute gegen ihre Auswahl überleben, zu der auch enge Verbündete aus Biden gehörten, weil sie besorgt war, zu politisch ehrgeizig zu sein und Bidens Interessen nicht vor ihre zu stellen. Dieser Vorstoß löste wiederum eine Gegenreaktion unter Harris 'Anhängern aus, die die Argumente als sexistisch bezeichneten.
Harris hat die Zeit seit dem Ende ihrer Kampagne gut genutzt, sagte Payne.
"Sie erkannte, dass eine ihrer Schwachstellen ihr Hintergrund als Staatsanwältin war", sagte er. 'Sie hat einige Reparaturarbeiten durchgeführt. Sie hat einige Zaunreparaturen durchgeführt, um sich auf den Moment vorzubereiten. & # 39;
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