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History as Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate

* Harris becomes the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket

Democratic presidential candidate in the November 2020 U.S election, Joe Biden, has picked California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.

The announcement of Harris yesterday ended a hunt for Biden’s running mate out of 11 women lined up for the prestigious position, including Susan Rice, former US Ambassador to the UN and Californian Reps Member, Karen Bass.

In a text message to inform supporters of his choice, Biden wrote: “Joe Biden here. Big news: I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate. Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.”

In all, 11 women were reportedly considered, among them senators, governors, mayors and members of Congress.

The vetting team advising Biden and led by former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd, was reported to have ended its work on Monday.

While the vetting was going on, it was reported that Biden kept his preferences to himself, although he spoke with all the contenders either in person or on phone, no thanks to restrictions in place over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Harris is a popular African-American politician with Indian roots, the daughter of an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father.

According to Kamala, she and her sister Maya grew up in a house filled with music by black American artists, where her mother Shyamala would sing along to Aretha Franklin’s early gospel, and her jazz-loving father, Donald, who taught economics at Stanford University, would play Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane on the turntable.

Her mother Shyamala Gopalan and Donald Harris separated when Harris was five and had to be raised by her Hindu single mother, a cancer researcher and civil rights activist.

Harris’s mother, however, made sure her two daughters were aware of their African-American background.

 

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