US elections: Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris to be his VP candidate to fight Trump

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US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making her the first Black woman on a major political party's ticket.

Harris said she was honored and that she believed Biden “can unify the American people because he spent his life fighting for us.”


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For his part, Biden said that Harris was "one of the country’s finest public servants."

Harris hails from longtime Democratic-run California. The move shows that Biden has put behind Harris’ heavy attacks against him during previous public debates.

She is also the first Black woman to be elected as California Attorney General and the first Black woman to represent California in the Senate.

The Biden campaign's website posted a picture of Biden and Harris side by side, and article titled, "TOGETHER WE WILL BEAT DONALD TRUMP."

President Donald Trump quickly responded and criticized the pair for being "wrong for America."

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2020. (AFP)
US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2020. (AFP)

Former President Barack Obama, for who Biden served, said the former VP “nailed this decision.”

In a statement posted on his Twitter account, Obama said that by choosing Harris, Biden “underscored his own judgment and character.

“Now let’s go win this thing,” Obama said.

Other VP candidates respond to Biden's pick

Harris had stiff competition from several high-profile candidates. The most popular names alongside Harris were Susan Rice, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth and Gretchen Whitmer.

Rice, the former National Security Advisor, said she would do her "utmost" to help Biden and Harris win.

Whitmer, the governor of Michigan, said she was "extraordinarily proud to support."

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