Kamala Harris, 55, thus becomes the first black woman on a presidential ticket in US history.
Democratic White House nominee Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has chosen 55-year-old black Senator Kamala Harris to challenge Donald Trump at the November 3 polls, who will become the first female vice president of the United States if he wins.
“I have the great honor to announce that I have chosen Kamala Harris, a dedicated fighter in courageous defense of the working classes and one of the greatest servants of the state, as my running mate,” announced Joe Biden, 77, former vice president of Barack Obama.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are expected to speak together this Wednesday, August 12, in Wilmington, Delaware, the Democratic candidate’s headquarters.
When Kamala was attorney general, she worked closely with his son Beau Biden, who died of cancer in 2015 and was very close to him, the veteran politician said.
“I have seen how they have defied the big banks, helped workers, and protected women and children from abuse. I was proud then, and I am proud now to have her as a partner in this campaign.
Daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Kamala Harris accumulates the titles of pioneer. After serving two terms as a prosecutor in San Francisco (2004-2011), she was twice elected California Attorney General (2011-2017), becoming the first woman, but also the first black person, to head the judiciary in the country’s most populous state.
Then in January 2017, she was sworn into the Senate in Washington, becoming the first woman from South Asia and only the second black senator in US history.
The arrival of Kamala Harris in the campaign is likely to upset Donald Trump. She is capable of formidable distribution and brings to Joe Biden the energy and enthusiasm that the Democratic candidate has lacked so far, commentators say.