Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris As His Vice President In 2020 Election

Kamala Harris hugs Joe Biden  

The historic choice makes the California senator the first Black and South Asian woman to run as vice president for a major party.

Joe Biden has tapped Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate, choosing one of the Democratic Party’s most visible stars and a former competitor from the primary.

Harris, 55, was long considered the front-runner for the job. She is already known nationally and was tested on the campaign trail and in the media during her own presidential bid last year.

Biden called her “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants” in a tweet Tuesday.

She also seemed to be an obvious fit for three key criteria that Biden publicly laid out for his running mate ― accomplished enough to be “ready to be president,” a similar mindset on key issues, and a woman.

Biden and Harris are scheduled to deliver their first public remarks together Wednesday in Delaware.

The Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee made clear early on that he was going to pick a woman, and as the racial justice protests picked up over the summer, he was under increased pressure to choose a Black woman. 

Even before then, Biden and his team recognized the value of having a Black woman on the ticket. Pundits were writing off his presidential bid after his poor showings in the predominantly white states of Iowa and New Hampshire. But then South Carolina, whose Democratic Party is largely powered by Black voters, delivered an overwhelming victory to Biden, turning a

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Biden Reportedly Expected To Announce Running Mate This Week

The field appears to have narrowed for Joe Biden's vice presidential running mate to Kamala Harris, left, and Susan Rice. Pictures: AFP

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California and former national security adviser Susan Rice, both Black, are among the top contenders.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has interviewed the finalists to be his running mate and his campaign is readying to announce his choice as soon as this week, a person familiar with the process told Reuters.

Biden and his potential vice president will formally accept the party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention, scheduled for Aug. 17-20, and he is expected to announce his pick before it begins.

The New York Times reported earlier on Monday that Biden’s campaign plans to announce a decision as soon as Tuesday, but more likely on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the selection process.

The newspaper said the committee that screened the candidates had “effectively disbanded” after completing its work. It noted that Biden has missed previous deadlines to announce his pick, and that the timeline could “slip again.”

A Biden campaign spokesman declined to comment.

Biden, the former vice president under Barack Obama, has committed to picking a woman as his running mate and has come under increasing pressure from some Democratic leaders and activists for her to be Black.

They argue Biden otherwise risks dampening enthusiasm among Black voters who are so crucial to the Democratic base and his hopes of unseating Republican President Donald Trump in November’s election, particularly as the country has been gripped with protests against racial injustice.

Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, a group that promotes women of color in politics, told Reuters she thought it would be politically “reckless” if Biden did not choose a woman of color.

“It’s the most important decision the Biden camp can make to set the tone for the last 80 or so days,” she said. “Picking a Black woman for the ticket is affirmation that we are included in the vision of governa

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Poll Majority of Voters Do Not Believe Joe Biden Would Serve All Four Years

A majority of likely voters do not believe Joe Biden (D) would serve all four years of his term if elected president, a Rasmussen poll released Monday revealed.

The survey asked 1,000 likely voters, “If Biden is elected in November, how likely is it that his running mate will be president before the end of Biden’s four-year term – very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not at all likely?”

According to the survey, 59 percent of likely voters believe that the presidential hopeful’s running mate would take the reins from Biden during his first term. Of those, 39 percent believe the hypothetical scenario is “very likely.”

Moreover, the survey found that roughly half of Democrat voters, or 49 percent, also tend to believe it is “likely” that Biden’s running mate will take on the presidency during his first term. Nearly three-fourths of Republicans, 73 percent, and 57 percent of independent voters, hold the same view.

Despite that, less than half of likely voters indicated that Biden’s running mate, whom he had yet to formally announce as of Monday morning, “say Biden’s choice of a running mate is important to their vote this fall.” Only 45 percent indicated that the selection is important, 23 percent categorizing the choice as “very” important.

“This compares to 76% who say generally speaking that a candidate’s vice presidential nominee is important to their vote, with 34% who feel it’s Very Important,” Rasmussen found.

The survey, conducted August 6-9, has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

Biden is expected to announce his running mate this week, vowing months ago to choose a woman. Prospects include Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Biden, who has come under fire for his stream of odd behaviors and apparent cognitive malfunctions, has stated that whomever he chooses must be “ready to be president on a moment’s notice.”


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Her husband died from coronavirus She wrote obit blaming Trump Texas governor

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A Texas woman mourning the loss of her husband to COVID-19 penned a scathing obituary blaming the death on President Donald Trump, the state's governor and people who refuse to wear a face mask.

David Nagy, a father of five, died at a hospital in Longview, Texas, about 64 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana, on July 22 after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus, his wife Stacey Nagy wrote in the obituary. He was 79.

Nagy said her husband's death was "needless" and that Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and some other politicians bore the blame.

"The blame for his death and the deaths of all the other innocent people falls on Trump, Abbott and all the other politicians who did not take this pandemic seriously and were more concerned with their popularity and votes than lives," she wrote.

The obituary — which ran Thursday in the local newspaper, the Jefferson Jimplecute, and has been widely shared on social media — went on to also point a finger at people who refuse to wear face masks.

"Also to blame are the many ignorant, self centered and selfish people who refused to follow the advice of the medical professionals, believing their 'right' not to wear a mask was more important than killing innocent people. Dave did everything he was supposed to do, but you did not," Nagy wrote. "Shame on all of you, and may Karma find you all!"

David, who was born in California, leaves behind his wife and children, as "as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends," the obituary states.

Nagy did not immediately return NBC News' request for comment Tuesday.

She told BuzzFeed News that her husband suffered from medical conditions including heart problems and diabetes. He was hospitalized and then transferred to a nursing home after a fall in late March.

Nagy told the outlet that she and David's son decided he should stay at the nursing home to recover because they believed it would be safer. She said that she feared she would catch the coronavirus while out at the grocery store and bring it back home.

Once the virus began to spread in Texas, the nursing home stopped allowing visitors.

"He stayed

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