Joe Biden welcomed Kamala Harris as a family to his campaign when they first appeared as a runner-up on Wednesday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware.
"I have no doubt that I have chosen the right person to be the next Vice President of the United States," said Biden. "She's smart, she's tough, she's got experience, she's a proven fighter for the backbone of this country, the middle class and all those who have trouble getting into the middle class."
He said Harris and her family are now "honorary bidens," and greeted her husband Douglas Emhoff on the campaign, saying he would also make history as "America's first second gentleman."
The joint appearance came about 24 hours after Biden's campaign tweeted to supporters that his choice would be Harris, a former 2020 rival and Senator from California who was friends with his late son Beau.
By the time Harris stood on the podium – while the campaign quickly put a box under their high-heeled feet to make up for the difference in height – she spoke at length about her friendship with Beau and how she met Joe Biden.
"I've been thinking about the first Biden I really met since I got Joe's call, and that is of course Joe's beloved son, one of his beloved sons, Beau," Harris said. "He really was the best of us."
"And Joe and I, yes, we are cut from the same fabric," she said of her new runner-up who was sitting in the chair behind her. "My family means everything to me."
"And I've had a lot of titles in my career and the vice president will be great for sure, but Mamala will always be the one who means the most," added Harris.
Kamala Harris (left) and Joe Biden (right) made their first appearance together as runners in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday
Kamala Harris paid a touching tribute to Beau Biden when it was her turn to speak
Joe Biden (left) greeted his wife Jill Biden (center left) and Kamala Harris & # 39; (center right) husband Douglas Emhoff to take the stage at the end of the candidates' remarks, but the two couples held theirs due to the coronavirus social distance upright pandemic
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris arrived at Wilmington High School wearing masks
Both Biden and Harris pounded President Donald Trump.
"You all knew it was coming, you could have set your clocks to it. Donald Trump has already launched his attacks calling Kamala 'evil' and whining about how 'mean' she is to his candidates" said Biden. "It's no surprise because whining is what Donald Trump does best, better than any other president in American history."
"Is anyone surprised that Donald Trump has a problem with a strong woman or women across the board?" Biden added.
Biden knocked on Trump over golf instead of meeting with the leaders of Congress to work out a deal that should bring more coronavirus aid to the country.
"He doesn't seem to have time," Biden said of Trump.
He worried him about his comments on Charlottesville, pointing out that the ugly incident took place three years ago.
"Do you remember how it felt to see these neo-Nazis?" Biden scoffed after long saying he decided to become president in 2020 after seeing Trump's reaction.
Biden also beat Trump for "spoiling terrorists and thugs around the world".
Harris beat up Trump for bringing the economy to its knees. And mistreatment of the coronavirus pandemic. "It didn't have to be like that," she remarked.
"We don't have to accept the failed administration of Donald Trump and Mike Pence," Harris said, noting that the election was only 83 days away.
The event was held at a high school on the outskirts of Biden's adopted home of Wilmington, Delaware, and only a small group of reporters were allowed in, instead supporters gathered outside due to COVID-19 concerns.
Biden said he regretted not being able to greet the group when he entered high school. He and Harris entered the auditorium wearing masks.
As he left, he told reporters that personal campaigns "depend on science".
He had invited Jill Biden and Emhoff to join them at the front of the gynasium, but the two couples tried to stay three feet apart and again showed that they were serious about the coronavirus.
Joe Biden (left) is captured with wife Jill Biden (right) before performing for the first time with fellow runner California Sen. Kamala Harris, a former 2020 rival
A crowd of about 200 followers stood outside high school where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris first performed together. Only a small number of reporters were allowed into high school and no supporters due to COVID-19 concerns
Senator Kamala Harris's husband, Douglas Emhoff, is being spied on through the window of an SUV that carried her away from her DC residence on Wednesday morning
An SUV with newly minted Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff is seen leaving their DC home on Wednesday morning
Kamala Harris headed one of Joe Biden's last events on the Campaign Path in March before moving most of his campaigns to his basement in Wilmington to help overcome the coronavirus crisis
The election marked the first time a black woman appeared on a presidential ticket.
“This morning woke up little girls across the country – especially little black and tan girls – who so often feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today, today, they may see each other in a new way: like the stuff of presidents and vice-presidents, 'said Biden in Wilmington.
Harris will also be the third woman ever to be nominated for vice president.
Biden promised to elect a vice-president during the democratic debate in March.
"Over the past few weeks, I've had the incredible privilege of meeting and spending time with a group of talented female leaders, all of whom qualified as presidents," said Biden.
He thanked all the Democrats who had reviewed his campaign.
After attacking Biden over his racial records during the first Democratic debate in June 2019, she announced her support for the ex-Veep on March 8, 2020 and performed alongside him in Michigan the next day.
It was one of the last personal campaign events Biden attended before moving almost all of his campaign to his Delaware basement to try to get out of the coronavirus crisis.
Harris had dropped her own offer for the White House in December 2019, citing fundraisers.
After the announcement with ActBlue, the Democratic Party's main fundraising platform, fundraising jumped through the roof, reporting that it had received $ 10.8 million in donations between 4:00 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The Biden campaign has not yet released an official record, but in Wilmington the former vice president boasted, "We had our best grassroots fundraising day of the campaign – more than double our previous record."
"And that set a daily record for online political fundraising, and I think I know why," he said, glancing at the runner-up who sat behind him.
On Wednesday, the Biden campaign launched its first full-length ad featuring Harris as a vice presidential candidate.
The opening and closing of the spot included footage of Biden asking the question.
"Are you ready to go to work?" asks the Senator from Califiornia.
& # 39; Oh my god. I'm so ready to go to work, ”Harris said with a touch of surprise in her voice.
Harris was spotted in an SUV in Washington DC with her husband Douglas Emhoff on Wednesday morning as they left their home.
In addition to their joint appearance at Delaware High School, Biden and Harris are scheduled to speak to supporters at a fundraising zoom on Wednesday evening.
Later that week, Harris is due to speak at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment on the same day as the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.
The Democratic National Convention begins Monday, but was turned into a virtual format when the party found it too dangerous to let the party's stars travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the planned host city.
Harris will address Congress on Wednesday evening and officially accept the party's nomination.
Biden will speak Thursday night.
Harris is due to discuss Vice President Mike Pence on October 7th in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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