Senator Kamala Harris has been chosen by Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden to be his vice president and running mate in the November elections.
Kamala Harris, who is half Indian and half Jamaican, is the first black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket, as predicted by The CEO Magazine in March. Fearing losing the suburban vote to Donald Trump with crime, looting, and civil unrest in the US’ mostly Democratic Party-run cities, Biden had to choose the former California attorney general.
.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals.
I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020
However, Kamala Harris has baggage and there is unpleasant history between Biden and Harris.
Kamala Harris wanted to be the Democratic Party presidential nominee and tore into Biden in a Democratic Debate in Miami, Florida, in June last year, which eventually was her undoing.
“I do not believe you are a racist,” Kamala Harris said, referring to Biden’s recent comments about his ability to work with segregationist senators. “And I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground. But I also believe, and it’s personal — it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country.”
“And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing,” Harris continued – Biden opposed mandatory-busing policies in the seventies. “And you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me.”
Biden rejected Kamala Harris’ criticism at the debate, casting her attack as a “mischaracterisation” and touting his own civil rights record with an implicit punch at Harris’ resume as a district attorney and state attorney general, which has come under criticism from criminal justice reformers.
“If we want to have this campaign litigated on who supports civil rights and whether I did or not, I’m happy to do that,” Biden said in his attack dog mode. “I was a public defender. I did not become a prosecutor.”
Kamala Harris continued her attack on Biden: “Do you agree today that you were wrong to oppose busing in America then? Do you agree?”
At the July Democratic debate, Biden and Tulsi Gabbard attacked Harris’s record as California attorney general. “Biden alluded to a crime laboratory scandal that involved her office and resulted in more than 1,000 drug cases being dismissed. Gabbard claimed Harris ‘blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until she was forced to do so’. Both of these statements are accurate,” the Sacramento Bee reported.
Harris’ inept response was noted by the New York Times.
“Ms Harris also knew her response (to Gabbard) had been insufficient, a view quickly reinforced by her advisers. In interviews, many of them point to that debate moment as accelerating Ms. Harris’s decline and are so exasperated that they bluntly acknowledge in private that Ms. Harris struggles to carry a message beyond the initial script.”
That exchange however was forgotten as Biden on Tuesday announced Kamala Harris as his running mate. He had said he would choose a black woman as his running mate when he was victorious over Donald Sanders.
I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
Harris also said last year that she believes the women who accused Biden of sexual assault.
“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said.
Harris made the comment after several women, including Amy Lappos, Caitlyn Caruso, D. J. Hill, and former Democratic state lawmaker Lucy Flores, all accused Biden of unwanted touching.
To all survivors of sexual assault: We hear you. We see you. We will give you dignity. Don't let this process bully you into silence.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 5, 2018
Donald Trump was not slow off the mark either.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2020