Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris as His Vice-Presidential Running Mate

August 12, 2020
Kamala Harris

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On Tuesday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden picked California Senator Kamala Harris to be his vice-presidential running mate, calling her "a fearless fighter for the little guy and one of the country's finest public servants." As Vox notes, Harris, whose own bid for the White House fizzled out last year, is the first Black and Asian-American woman to be a major-party nominee for the vice presidency and, if elected, would become the first female vice president in American history. Despite the fact that she took a well-publicized shot at Biden's record on busing and school segregation during a primary debate last summer, she was close to Biden's late son, Beau, who served as Delaware attorney general while Harris held the same post in California. Harris is just the third woman in a major party to be nominated for the vice presidency, after Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Republican Sarah Palin in 2008, both of whom lost.