• Thomas Parker

Biden picks Harris for VP

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has selected Senator Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate on the Democratic Party ticket in November.

Harris is a former attorney general of California, a former San Francisco district attorney, and currently a Senator for her state. Harris also tried and failed to run for president in 2020, during which she attacked Joe Biden for his record on race during a debate.

"I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021," Biden said in an email Tuesday.

Biden had promised to choose a woman as his vice president earlier in the campaign, then promising his selection would be a "woman of color," a box that Harris checks.

Harris rose to national prominence during the Senate hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, during which Harris said she believed Kavanaugh's sexual assault accuser. Harris, during the Democratic primary campaign, also said she believed Joe Biden's sexual assault accusers.

Biden, 77, has called himself a "transitional figure" and that may have motivated his choice of Harris, who is 55.

As part of the selection process, the former vice president spoke directly to the final contenders, according to people familiar with the process, through either face-to-face meetings or remote conversations. Officials would not say which of the candidates visited Biden in person, but Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had flown to Delaware for a meeting. Harris and former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice were among the others seen as the most serious contenders.

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