Washington: Joe Biden named Senator Kamala Harris of California as his running mate, picking his former Democratic primary opponent to be the first Black woman and the first woman of Asian descent nominated for vice president by a major party.
Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, described Kamala as “one of the country’s finest public servants” in a tweet announcing his decision.
“Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau,” the former vice president wrote, referring to his late son, Beau Biden, who was Delaware’s attorney general when Kamala held that role in California.
“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.”
The move puts Biden, who served as vice president to the nation’s first Black president, in a history-making role in naming Kamala as the first woman of color nominated for the position.
He also has pledged, if elected, to name a Black woman to the Supreme Court.