Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has selected his former opponent Kamala Harris as his running mate during the 2020 election.
Biden’s selection of Harris, 55, lends racial diversity, gender parity and generational breadth to his campaign. It also represents a strategic decision by the 77-year-old former vice president to keep his ticket firmly within the more moderate wing of the Democratic Party.
“Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau,” tweeted Biden, referring to his late son, Beau Biden. “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.”
"Her record of accomplishment -- fighting tooth and nail for what’s right -- is why I’m choosing her. There is no door Kamala won’t knock on, no stone she’ll leave unturned, if it means making life better -- for the people."
This will make Kamala Harris the first Black woman on a major nationwide ticket. Though they were originally fierce competitors during the contentious Democratic primaries, Biden and Harris will formally accept the Democratic nominations during the party's convention held virtually next week.
There has been speculation on whom Biden would select as his running mate. According to sources in his staff, he called former opponent Elizabeth Warren, another serious contender, that she would not be his choice for running mate. Other potential candidates included Stacey Abrams and Gretchen Whitmer, both of whom tweeted their congratulations to Harris.
Biden has updated his website to include Harris in his campaign website.
Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, also in the running, released a statement congratulating Harris.
"I warmly congratulate Senator Kamala Harris on her selection as Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential running mate," Rice said in a statement. "Senator Harris is a tenacious and trailblazing leader who will make a great partner on the campaign trail. I am confident that Biden-Harris will prove to be a winning ticket."
Rice said she would do her "utmost to assist Joe Biden to become the next president of the United States and to help him govern successfully."
"Joe Biden’s principled and responsible leadership is what America urgently needs to: provide working families desperately needed support and opportunity; defeat the coronavirus and revive our economy; renew America’s standing in the world and protect our national security; redress our longstanding racial and socio-economic disparities; and restore the rule of law, respect for our Constitution and faith in our democracy. Corrupt and self-serving, Donald Trump has sold America out for his personal gain. It’s essential that we bring integrity, empathy, decency, and competence back to the White House with the election of Joe Biden. I look forward to supporting the Biden-Harris ticket with all my energy and commitment."