After months of speculations on who would be Joe Biden’s presidential running mate, the former vice president finally settled for Kamala Harris. This news shocked the world. Nobody had anticipated that Joe Biden would pick Kamala to be his Vice in the fiercely contested presidential bid.
Harris, 55, who was formerly California’s attorney general, is now a leading figure in the Biden-led Democratic Party’s politics, and just an inch away from the presidency. She will most probably be the favorite candidate in the next nominations for the 2024 or 2028 presidential candidate.
Born in Oakland, California, to Indian and Jamaican parents, Harris is an African-American and an Indian-American. She has been going against all the odds. Harris became the first African American, and above all, a woman, to ever serve as a district attorney in San Francisco and a California attorney general.
During her time in California, she spearheaded many reforms, including the San Francisco program, where first-time drug offenders received education and work opportunities rather than jail terms. However, she also defended state laws such as the death penalty and harsh punishment for parents of truant children.
She has had over two decades as a prosecutor and holds a reputation of sharp powers of judgment.
In 2017, she joined the Senate after emerging the winner in the long race to succeed Senator Barbara Boxer. The victory made her the first South Asian American woman to serve in the chamber, and the second black woman to be elected to the Senate. From the beginning of her tenure in the Senate, Harris was known for her tough questioning in committee proceedings and particularly the hearings where AG William Barr and Supreme Court judge Brett Kavanaugh featured.
Her achievement in joining the Senate was not the end of her pursuit for higher office. She had been performing well in the Democratic presidential primary race, although she later dropped from the race in early December. Her enthusiasm was lagging, and campaign funds began to dry up, and she decided to quit, avoiding any disappointments in the future as the contests proceeded. After her exit and endorsing Joe Biden in March this year, speculations about her vice-presidential began.
Earlier, Harris and Biden had a spar, although they eventually buried the hatchet and decided to work together. The conflict had begun during a June 27 Democratic debate over Biden’s opposition to bussing, which is federally mandated, for the integration of racially segregated schools.
In his words, Biden claimed the attack blindsided him because of the relationship between his late son Beau and Harris. Biden said he knew they would come after him, and he was prepared, but he was not prepared for the person attacking him to reach the way Harris did. Beau was a state attorney general alongside Harris, and the two had a close friendship.
In the debate, Harris said she does not believe Biden is racist, and she fully supports his commitment to finding common ground.
However, she added that Biden’s personal and hurtful reputations for addressing the reputations of United States senators who had built their careers and names based on the segregation of race in the United States.
Speaking in a CNN Interview, Joe Biden clarified his position by saying that he supported voluntary busing, but argued that it did not work in the desegregation of schools. He further added that the African-American population in Delaware, his hometown, was not in support of the practice.
Joe Biden announced that Kamala Harris would be his running mate in the upcoming presidential elections. The position will make Harris the first black woman to be on the presidential ticket of a major party in the United States.
Since the beginning of President Trump’s administration, Harris has been an outspoken mouthpiece for the anti-Trump resistance. The social media has clips of Harris grilling the CIA director Gina Haspel and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the Senate floor.