The Kamala Factor in the 2020 Presidential Race

On Tuesday August 11, Joe Biden Announced Kamala Harris as His Vice Presidential Running Mate, Making her the First Woman of Color to Be Nominated for National Office by a Major Political Party

Calling her a “fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants,” Joe Biden,  the presumptive Democratic nominee, selected California Senator  Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate for the 2020 presidential election.   

“I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,”  Biden wrote in an email to his supporters. “I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person.”

He later added, “I need someone who understands that we are in a battle for the soul of this nation. And that if we’re going to get through these crises—we need to come together and unite for a better America. Kamala gets that.”

Biden made his decision more than a year after Harris, who was also a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, clashed with him over racial issues during the first primary debate. Senator Harris  is the nation’s first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party, and only the fourth woman in U.S. history to be chosen for a presidential ticket. 

Harris, 55, first responded to the news on social media, tweeting, “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.”

Harris dropped out of  the race for the Democratic nomination for president in December 2019 due to a lack of funds. Months later, in March 2020, she endorsed Biden’s bid for the presidency, and in the following months was considered a top contender for his VP pick.

Now she’s clearly back in  the game.

-Who Is Kamala Harris?-

In January 2019 on  Martin Luther King Day, California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris announced that she would  be running for president in 2020.

Harris chose to launch her full scale campaign on that day to honor the legacies of two of her heroes: Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman ever to run for president, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been a role model for Harris throughout her life.

Kamala Devi Harris was born October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. Her mother was from India and her father was Jamaican. Reared in a predominantly African-American neighborhood of Berkeley, she was brought to civil rights demonstrations as a toddler and sang in a Baptist choir. Her mother also ensured that Harris and her younger sister, Maya, maintained ties to their Indian heritage by raising them with Hindu beliefs and taking them to her home country every couple of years. Harris’ parents divorced when she was seven years old.

After attending Howard University and the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, she embarked on a rise through the California legal system, emerging as state attorney general in 2010. Following the November 2016 elections,Harris became just the second African-American woman and the first South Asian American to win a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Harris married lawyer Douglas Emhoff on August 22, 2014, in Santa Barbara, California. She is the stepmother of his two children.

Harris is the author of a. memoir,   The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.