Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Joe Biden, the opposition candidate to President Donald Trump in the US 2020 elections, has named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, picking his former Democratic primary opponent to be the first Black woman nominated for vice president by a major party.

Ms. Harris, 55 years old, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, has been a rising star in the Democratic Party since being elected to the Senate in 2016 and has gained attention for her tough questioning of Trump administration nominees who came before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

She launched her presidential campaign with a 20,000-person rally in 2019, but her campaign struggled to settle on a strategy for where to compete and how to frame her message.

She also failed to catch fire with Black voters and wrestled with how to sell her background as a former prosecutor. She dropped out of the race in early December.

Mr. Biden, who started his running mate search by promising to pick a woman and weighing about a dozen candidates, had been under pressure from some of his allies to pick a woman of color.

Black voters in South Carolina and Super Tuesday states turned the former vice president’s campaign around in the primaries, paving the way for him to secure the Democratic nomination.

 

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