Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate in historic first for a woman of color

Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate in historic first for a woman of colorAugust 11, 2020

  • Choice of California senator follows months-long search
  • Only two women have previously been nominated for vice-presidency for a major party

Joe Biden has named California senator Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate, a historic choice he believes will bolster his chances of beating Donald Trump in an election year shaped by the global coronavirus pandemic and a national reckoning on race.

Harris, a barrier-breaking former prosecutor, is the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, and is the first Black woman and the first Asian American to run on a major party ticket.

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