Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced today that his vice-presidential running mate will be Senator Kamala Harris of California, a former state Attorney General who has developed a ferocious reputation for standing up to President Trump and his surrogates over the past few years.
Harris will be the first woman of Black and Indian descent to run on the national ticket for a major party, offering a sharp contrast to the pronounced bigotry of the Trump/Pence administration.
With so much on the line this November, this team-up between Biden and Harris could not be any more welcome. With their combined depth and breadth of experience, they will be able to offer the kind of unified, visionary leadership necessary to dig this country out of the hole we’ve found ourselves languishing in for the past four years.
Together, we must all work to help Biden and Harris expel the worst president in American history from the White House and wrest our democracy back from the authoritarian clutches of Trump and his plutocratic cronies. Nothing less than the success of the American Experiment is on the ballot this election.
Twitter is already bursting with congratulatory and excited tweets from prominent Democratic politicians and celebrities. Harris has voters excited and the eventual debate between her and Pence is certain to be one for the ages.
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Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. 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.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals.
I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020
Congratulations to @KamalaHarris, who will make history as our next Vice President. She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care for all, and take down the most corrupt administration in history. Let’s get to work and win.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 11, 2020
Let’s go win this.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 11, 2020
Kamala Harris is not only Black, she is of South Asian heritage. This is the first time an Asian American has been nominated to a major party ticket. #BidenHarris
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 11, 2020
A historic announcement! @KamalaHarris is a talented, dynamic, and groundbreaking leader who will make a fantastic VP.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 11, 2020
— Keith Ellison (@keithellison) August 11, 2020
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/U9SiSiniag
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) August 11, 2020
I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing. pic.twitter.com/duJhFhWp6g
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 11, 2020
Finally a Presidential ticket that looks like America!! Now we all go to work to restore the soul of our Nation. VOTE!!!!
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) August 11, 2020
AMEN!! ♥️❤️♥️ pic.twitter.com/PmwqIXFzd0
— ROSIE (@Rosie) August 11, 2020
(1/2) Was there ever more of an exciting day? For our entire country of course, but especially for my Black and Indian sisters, many of us who have gone our entire lives thinking that someone who looks like us may never hold high office? We work so hard and contribute to the pic.twitter.com/LpG0DvsGuT
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 11, 2020
(2/2) fabric of our lives in America, & now to see @SenKamalaHarris rise to the top like this? It’s thrilling!! I am filled with hope and excitement. Thank you @JoeBiden. Let’s do this! @meenaharris @mayaharris_ @RohiniKos #sisterhood #letsdothis #bidenharris2020
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 11, 2020
fuck yes. excited to vote!! still amazed Election Day isn't a national holiday. it needs to be celebrated, with a post vote bar crawl.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 11, 2020
.@KamalaHarris fights tirelessly for justice, dignity, and equality for all Americans.
I'm thrilled she's joining the ticket and can't wait to call her my Vice President.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) August 11, 2020
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.