Former Vice President Joe Biden named his former campaign trail rival, California Senator Kamala Harris, as his running mate.
Biden made the announcement Tuesday afternoon in an email to supporters.
“I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead,” the announcement reads in part. “Kamala is that person.”
The announcement also cites Harris’ experience and accomplishments as the former California attorney general, as well as her Senate experience sitting on both the Judiciary Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence.
“Her record of accomplishment — fighting tooth and nail for what’s right — is why I’m choosing her,” the announcement declares. “There is no door Kamala won’t knock on, no stone she’ll leave unturned, if it means making life better — for the people.”
“@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,” Harris said in her first tweet after Biden’s announcement. “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.”
As the vice presidential search wore on against the backdrop of racial tensions and social change, Biden was frequently questioned about whether he would choose a woman of color as his running mate.
By choosing Harris, who’s Black and Indian American, Democrats are sending a powerful and historic statement ahead of the November election as the nation continues to grapple with social change. If elected, Harris would not only be the first woman to serve as vice president, but would also be the first Black woman to hold that office and also the highest-elected Asian American in U.S. history.