After months of daily speculation, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden just announced his running mate will be U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California, whose own 2020 presidential candidacy ended in December 2019.
Biden had committed to choosing a woman of color as his V.P., particularly after the death of George Floyd. Harris is the daughter of immigrant parents – her father is from Jamaica and her mother is from India – is frequently incorrectly referred to as “African American” by the American mainstream media.
“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden said in a tweet Tuesday evening announcing the news.
I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
During the 2020 Presidential Primary, some Democrats polled expressed dislike of Kamala, while others found her “screechy.” Most of the criticism of Harris came after her debate performances and Senate hearings, where she turned into a prosecutor. During then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s Senate confirmation hearings, Harris grilled him on whether climate change was a leading national security threat.
Harris supporters say her prosecutorial experience as San Francisco District Attorney and California Attorney General intimidated many but made her “battle-tested.” However, Harris was known as soft on violent crime and homicides, both of which dramatically increased during her tenure as DA.
Her presidential campaign was frequently was marred by irony and controversy, along with a lack of funds and enthusiasm.
Harris, a sponsor of the Green New Deal, supports felons being able to vote, and said she would use executive action to take gun dealers’ licenses away and an assault weapons ban, has been a U.S. Senator since 2018. She was California’s Attorney general 2011-2017, and San Francisco D.A. 2004-2011.
Willie Brown, Harris’ former beau, the former Assembly Speaker and a California political powerhouse, recommended Harris not take the VP slot if offered. “Harris is a tested and proven campaigner who will work her backside off to get Biden elected,” Brown said (Interesting choice of words…). “That said, the vice presidency is not the job she should go for — asking to be considered as attorney general in a Biden administration would be more like it.”
Main stream media calls Harris a “fearless fighter for the little guy,” but California Globe reported in June, “’Kamala Harris for the People’ campaign just held a fundraiser at the home of billionaires Ann and Gordon Getty in San Francisco, on what has come to be knows as “Billionaires Row,” reputed to be the wealthiest block in the world. Getty is a former oil tycoon. The cost to attend: up to $28,000.”
Harris largely adopted Bernie Sanders’ socialist platform while campaigning. As such, many predict Democrats will be growing the silent majority if the hard left dominates the campaign issues.
Willie Brown suggested Kamala look at being named Attorney General: “On the other hand, the attorney general has legitimate power. From atop the Justice Department, the boss can make a real mark on everything from police reform to racial justice to prosecuting corporate misdeeds. And the attorney general gets to name every U.S. attorney in the country. That’s power.”
Reports are out having Joe Biden making apologetic phone calls to Rep. Karen Bass and Susan Rice.