What to expect from a Biden-Harris ticket
By now we’ve all heard the big news: presidential candidate Joe Biden has chosen Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.The day of the announcement saw liberal social media light up with … excitement that could be felt around the globe. The appointment of Senator Harris as a candidate for the role of VP made history, as she is the first Black woman and first South Asian American to be picked as a vice presidential running mate on a major-party ticket. In picking Kamala Harris, democratic nominee, Joe Biden aims to breathe new life into a bumpy campaign.
Biden’s Choices for a Running Mate?
The deck of potential running mates were stacked with Harris being the unfavourable choice for many Biden supporters. They recall a time when Senator Harris was Joe Biden’s greatest opponent, namely at this year’s first Democratic presidential debate. Those who watched will recall Senator Kamala Harris’s criticism of Joe Biden’s fond look back at how the senate used to operate. During the tense debate, Ms. Harris said “I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground, but I also believe, and it’s personal, and it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who (have) built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country.”
Ahead of his big announcement of a democratic nominee, Biden, made it clear that he would be choosing a formidable woman as his partner.
According to The New York Times, “Ms. Harris was one of four finalists for the job, along with Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Susan E. Rice, the former National Security Adviser.” While all four women would be strong running mates “Ms. Harris alone covered every one of their essential political needs.”
Who is Kamala Devi Harris?
Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California. She is the daughter of two immigrants who met pursuing graduate degrees at UC Berkeley; her father is a Jamaican born economist and her mother a South Indian born cancer researcher.
Perhaps a less known fact about Ms. Harris is that she attended both middle school and Highschool Montreal, Canada. Her mother accepted a research and teaching position at the McGill University-affiliated Jewish General Hospital. Once she graduated Kamala Harris attended the historically black , Howard University where she completed a Bachelor’s of Arts with a political science and economics major. She went to law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she graduated ((with a)) as a Juris Doctor in 1989. She was admitted to the California Bar in June of1990.
The role of VP represents just one of a list of the many firsts in Senator Harris’s illustrious career. Politico writes that Ms. Harris was “the first black woman to be elected as a District Attorney in California’s history, *first woman to be California’s, Attorney General…”
One of the criticisms that the Biden campaign has faced since the beginning of it’s run, has been that Joe Biden himself is too old for office. If Biden is elected president he will be the oldest president at 77 years old; the current oldest being the 45th. Somehow President Donald Trump, 74, ((manages)) to attack Biden on the bases of age and mental acuity on a fairly regular basis. What is the solution? Choosing a running mate that bridges the generational gap. At 55 Senator Harris represents a new political class that will help shape the future of the American political landscape.
To say that Joe Biden has made political missteps throughout his bid for the American presidency would be an understatement. We all cringed when we heard the former Vice President’s declaration “If you’re having a hard time deciding whether or not to vote for me or Trump, then You ain’t Black”; furthering the assumption that the Black vote is a given for any Democratic nominee.
We can not forget Biden’s previous disregard for racial justice in the form of unequal access to education for African Americans. As a young senator, Biden opposed the busing of young Black children to predominantly White schools and vice versa in order to desegregate the American school system. Biden, who initially supported desegregation, eventually buckled to the desires of White voters who did not want to see their children share classrooms with Black children. Ironically Senator Harris was one of the first children to be involved in this policy, “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” said Ms. Harris.
The necessity for a racially diverse ticket was as important as it will ever be. Voters need a running mate to re-instill faith in their Democratic nominee. Minorities need faith that they would be seen and heard.
The Kamala Harris Appeal
Kamala Harris had dedicated her own campaign efforts to improving the lives of Black and Brown communities; now as the VP candidate she continues that work. Since March of this year we have seen African American communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19; Senator Harris has said that she will make narrowing the disparities in health care her focus. Furthermore Harris’ focus on protecting the American people from the devastations of COVID-19 gives the Biden- Harris ticket an edge over the current administration. As of today over 200,000 Americans have died from complications due to the coronavirus. According to CNBC, “The U.S. accounts for roughly 21% of all confirmed Covid-19 deaths around the world despite having only 4% of the world’s population”. Senator Harris said in a recent interview “ “When other countries are following the science, Trump pushed miracle cures he saw on Fox News…While other countries were flattening the curve, he said the virus would just, poof, go away…”
Will Biden’s previous experience as Barack Obama’s VP and Senator Kamala Harris’s barrier breaking tenacity be enough to win the election?
All of us will have to wait and see. For those 331 million US citizens, we urge you to please exercise your right to vote and make a difference in the upcoming election.