With her election as Joe Biden’s vice president, Kamala Harris made history on Saturday, becoming the first woman to win the second highest US office, the first Black American and the first Asian American.
Harris, 56, is generally seen as an obvious contender for the 2024 nomination of the Democratic Party should Biden, who will be 78 at the 20 January inauguration, opt not to attempt a second term. She hasn’t weighed in publicly on those rumors Kamala Harris.
On Saturday, Edison Research and the major US TV networks predicted their win, based on preliminary final data, even as incumbent President Donald Trump vowed to continue fighting in court.
Harris, a California congressman from the United States, has a long record of breaking glass ceilings. She served as the first female district attorney in San Francisco and was the first woman of colour in California to be elected attorney general.
Her criminal justice experience could help the Biden administration discuss racial equality and police concerns after this year’s demonstrations swept the country. It is hoped that she will be a top consultant on judicial appointments.
As she campaigned against Biden and others for her party’s 2020 nomination, Harris, whose mother and father emigrated from India and Jamaica, respectively, had her eyes set on becoming the first woman US president.
After a campaign hurt by her wavering thoughts on healthcare and indecision over accepting her background as a lawyer, she dropped out of the race last December Kamala Harris.
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In the campaign to appoint her his running mate in August, Biden looked through any of the tough words Harris had for him. She proved to be a valuable and polished stand-in, speaking to women, feminists and people of colour in particular, both vital to the electoral aspirations of the party.
During her Senate and White House bids, Harris, who built a strong fundraiser network, was instrumental in Biden’s raking in record amounts of money in the closing months of the campaign. Her nomination sparked a burst of enthusiasm in the Political centre and among the party’s donors.
As a running mate for Biden, Harris always made the most sense because she had the potential to help him unify the Progressive alliance across racial and demographic lines and was able to spike grassroots excitement, “said Joel Payne, a Democratic consultant consulting for the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.”
A team player
Progressive claims that Harris did not do enough to prosecute police killings and wrongful conviction lawsuits while she was the attorney general of California helped doom her own presidential race, but during her tenure as Biden’s running mate, nothing surfaced.
Harris has also defended her record, claiming that she has spent her whole career “to change the criminal justice system with the knowledge that it is profoundly broken and in need of improvement,” as she did at a town hall forum last year.
Instead, Trump and his re-election campaign tried to paint Harris as a weapon of the Political left that in a Biden presidency would exercise control and leverage behind the scenes.
Prior to her appointment, some Biden aides say that among those in the former vice president ‘s camp, Harris was able to put to rest fears that she might be too politically competitive to build a trustworthy partner Kamala Harris.
Harris proved to be a team player, playing a lower-profile position and hosting simulated and in-person campaign appearances that often drew no press attention, while mostly boasting about what Biden would do for the nation if elected and making an impassioned argument against Trump.
“At her October debate against Vice President Mike Pence, Harris said of Biden,” Joe and I were raised in a very similar manner. “The ideals we have raised are those of hard work, the worth and integrity of public service, and the importance of working for the dignity of all people.
With her day job in the Senate, Harris juggled her running mate responsibilities. She was a deft cross-examiner of US Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett at Barrett ‘s Senate confirmation hearing in October, fitting her experience as a lawyer, incorporating Biden’s political message on healthcare and climate change into her line of questioning.
As the only Black woman in the Senate, Harris emerged as a leading voice on social justice and police reform this year after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, an African-American man, in May. She marched on the streets of Washington with demonstrators and won over some political sceptics.
Asked last month on “60 Minutes” if, considering Biden’s age, he felt Harris would be able to move into the presidency if anything happened to him, five explanations were immediately shot off by the presidential hopeful.
Number one, values for her. Number two, she ‘s clever as a devil, and number three, she’s got a ramrod-like backbone. Number four, she’s really principled, actually. And number five, in the largest state of the Nation, she has extensive experience overseeing a department of justice that is just second in scale to the Department of Justice of the United States. And I hope, obviously, it will never become a issue,’ he said.
Harris is married to Douglas Emhoff ‘s attorney, who was a fixture on the campaign trail. His two children from a previous marriage refer to “Momala” as their stepmother
Published in Dharti News, November 8th, 2020