In ‘Battle for the Soul of This Nation,’ Biden Names Kamala Harris as Vice Presidential Running Mate

Common Dreams – By Julia Conley – Tuesday August 11, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday afternoon named Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate in the 2020 presidential race, putting to an end months of speculation about who he would select as his vice presidential nominee as he campaigns to defeat President Donald Trump in November.

In an email to supporters, Biden called Harris “one of the toughest and most effective senators” and “someone who understands the pain that so many people in our nation are suffering, whether they’ve lost their job, their business, a loved one to this virus.”

“I need someone who understands that we are in a battle for the soul of this nation. And that if we’re going to get through these crises—we need to come together and unite for a better America. Kamala gets that.” he wrote.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during the Democratic presidential primary, applauded Harris, the first African-American woman to run as vice president on a major ticket, for “breaking this important barrier.”

“All of us will need to do everything we can do defeat Donald Trump this November, and Joe Biden will need strong progressive energy to win,” the group said.

Harris, a moderate Democrat who served as district attorney of San Francisco and attorney general of California before being elected to the Senate in 2017, clashed with Biden early in the primary debates over the former vice president’s civil rights record, memorably sharing her own story of benefiting from a school busing program.

The NAACP called Harris’s vice presidential run “the culmination of the tireless work of Shirley Chisolm, Charlene Mitchell, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer Barbara Jordan, Ida B. Wells, and Myrlie Evers in their fight for representation and equality.”

“From the voting booth to grassroots movements, Black women have fought for and uplifted this country with their vote and voice,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP.

“But their representation in the highest levels of government has never matched their unwavering participation in our democracy,” added Johnson. “Today’s announcement of a Black woman, Sen. Kamala Harris, as the first vice-presidential candidate of a major political party, breaks down one of these barriers in historic proportions.”

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