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.”
.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020
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.
For his part, Biden said that Harris was "one of the country’s finest public servants."
Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
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."
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."