Kamala Harris is the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party.
In a report from the New York Times, Biden announced the selection over text message and in a follow-up email to supporters, saying: “Joe Biden here. Big news: I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate. Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.”
Harris is the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party. She’s also only the fourth woman in history to be chosen for one of their presidential tickets.
Barack Obama also spoke on the announcement, taking to Twitter to share the following post.
I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing. pic.twitter.com/duJhFhWp6g
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 11, 2020
Harris dropped out of the race late last year after running out of money in her own bid for president. Despite having clashed with the former VP over busing desegregation in one of the debates, in the week following the termination of her campaign, Biden alluded to considering Harris as a running mate, noting: “She is solid. She can be president someday herself. She can be the vice president. She can go on to be a Supreme Court justice. She can be an attorney general. She has enormous capability.”
Harris endorsed Biden for president back in March.
“You can see in his eyes how he takes to heart the experiences of mothers and fathers working to make ends meet and worrying about whether their children can be safe in their classroom, or young people who fight tirelessly to tackle climate change as they ask for a fair shot at the future in front of them,” Harris said at the time. “And with a lifetime in public service, Joe has a proven track record of getting things done.”