Kamala Harris: From Joe Biden's Critique to Vice President

  • Aug 13, 2020 AEST
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Kamala Harris: From Joe Biden's Critique to Vice President

Summary

  • Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Twitter of choosing Kamala Harris as his running mate.
  • Biden and Harris will team up to run for the President and Vice President post, respectively.
  • Indian – Jamaican American Harris was once a sharp critique and rival of Joe Biden, as she too was running for the President post.

First woman, first African American and first Asian attorney general of California.

Kamala Harris, once a staunch critique of Joe Biden, is now running with him as a Vice President candidate. The US Senator Kamala Harris is a prominent black politician, but she also embraces her Indian roots.

Democratic presidential candidate Biden is standing against Donald Trump in the upcoming elections in the United States which will be held on 3 November.

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Harris is a first black woman and the first person of Indian heritage to be nominated by a national party to serve this role. A few months back, she was being considered for the front-runner for the position and viewed to be Biden’s rival.

On the republican front, Vice President Mike Pence remains the running candidate.

Kamala Harris name came as a surprise to everyone as in the past she has criticised Biden many times, also ran for the President post against Biden last year.

Last year in 2019, she announced her candidature for the presidency on Martin Luther King's Birthday and mentioned herself as a history-making candidate. She paid homage to Shirley Chisholm, a congresswoman from the New York who became the first woman ever to seek the Democratic Party's nomination for president post.

First elected to the Senate in 2016, Kamala Harris was the first Black woman in the chamber in more than a decade.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Kamala Harris was known for being a barrier-breaking prosecutor. Born in Oakland, California, Harris is a former California attorney general and urging on police reform amid anti-racism movement flared up in the US. Harris also served as a former San Francisco district attorney.

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US President’s Reaction

On the other hand, the US president Donald Trump has accused Joe Biden of being racist. He posted on Twitter a video showing Biden’s old unfavourable comments on black Americans and accused him of choosing Kamala Harris because she is a black woman and to woo left ideology vote bank.

The US’s former president Barak Obama released a statement on Twitter showing his and wife Michelle’s support to Biden’s decision selecting Harris for the vice presidency.

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All About Biden Choosing Harris as his running mate

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took Twitter to announce Harris as his running mate.

Biden believes that Harris is a fearless fighter and one of the most exceptional public servants in the nation. His son Beau worked closely with her when she was California's attorney general. Beau Biden died in 2015.

Joe Biden mentioned in the tweet that he saw them both taking up on big banks and working together for the upliftment of ordinary people. They also worked on projects protecting women and kids from abuse. He has been proud of her achievements and still proud to have her as his running mate.

Who is Kamala Harris?

A daughter of two immigrant academics, an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father, Kamala was primarily raised by her single mother, Shyamala Gopalan. Her mother Shyamala and father, Donald Harris, separated when she was five-year-old.

In her 2018 autobiography, The Truths We Hold, Harris explains how her name is pronounced - "Comma-la", like the punctuation mark. She writes the meaning of her name 'lotus flower' which is an important symbol in Indian culture. Lotus plant grows in muddy water underneath, and the flower rises above the surface while its roots are firm on the bottom.

Harris mentions in the autobiography that her mother knew she was raising two black daughters, Harris and her sister Maya. They grew up listening to music by black American artists in the house. She was raised by her Indian American Hindu single mother who was a cancer researcher and a civil rights activist. Her Jamaican American father taught economics at Stanford University.

In 1981, she graduated from Westmount High School in Westmount, Quebec. Later at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Harris did double major B.A. in political science and economics. 

After taking part as an intern and working at few other places, Harris returned to California, where in 1989 she earned her Juris Doctor degree, the highest law degree in the United States, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She passed the bar exam and secured admission to the State Bar of California in 1990.

Harris and Biden’s Previous Disagreements

Harris discontinued the presidential race, citing the shortage of funds in December 2019. During the primary election debates, she clashed with Biden many times.

Harris used strong words against former vice president Joe Biden, saying he made "hurtful" remarks as he spoke fondly of the Senators who favoured racial segregation in the 1970s. She also objected Biden for working with Senators who opposed mandatory school busing.

Biden, along with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, confronted Harris in the past over her record as attorney general. Expert assessment points some of the Biden and Gabbard's accusations to be on point but not all.

Tulsi Gabbard was also running for president post from which she dropped out and declared her support to Biden.

Ending the differences, in March 2020, Harris endorsed Biden for President.

Bottomline

Few experts believe that the Biden-Harris combination is an ideal one to defeat Donald Trump and Mike Pence. House Whip Jim Clyburn recommended Biden to select woman of colour as his running mate, noting that the Black Woman deserves to be rewarded for their loyalty towards the U.S.

Kamala Harris was being considered as she is the only African American woman with the political experience to suit vice president post. Many Democrats regarded her as the de facto leader of the party in the future.

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