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Joe Biden has selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice president executive.
It is a historical option. But there’s more to it than that.
Here are five takeaways:
1. Biden chose Harris as a statement about what it means to be an American.
Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as his companion is history. No black woman ever had a ticket to a major party in American history. Black voters, especially black women, are the backbone of the Democratic Party and the key to helping Biden win the election.
Given his choice, it is possible that Black voters will appear at the levels necessary for Biden to win in important states such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and elsewhere. But beyond his calculations of how his choices will affect the African-American’s vote, Biden is trying to show his vision towards Future of the country, respect for diversity in a diversifying country.
Make no mistake: the inclusion of a qualified person like Harris – whose parents are Jamaican and Indian immigrants – in the ticket is a statement against President Trump. Remember, Biden said he was motivated to run for president because of Trump’s response to racist violence in Charlottesville, Va., And a lot of Americans upset with Trump for causing divisions race.
It is also worth noting that Harris is seen as a “safe” option. That’s because she’s a known number, has been tested in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and was disciplined. But step back. The only fact that Harris is seen as a safe option – not the “Hail Mary” – is progress in America’s long-running calculation of racism.
2. His pick shows that Biden is willing to listen to people who disagree or have attacked him.
Choosing a buddy running shows something of the decision-making of a potential president. Trump said he was surprised when Biden chose Harris, in part, because she “disrespected” him in the beginning.
That is perhaps not surprising to hear from Trump because the president values loyalty. But given this choice, Biden has shown that the people around him shouldn’t be afraid to say it, that it won’t be thrown under the bus or “canceled” by someone.
That predestined relationship was almost a chance for Obama to choose Biden as his Vice President. Many people were surprised when Obama chose Biden after he called Obama “clean” and “clear”, which many consider racist remarks. But Obama and Biden not only overcame it, but also became confidants.
Biden said he wants his Vice President to serve the same way he did with Obama – someone he can rely on for indecisive advice he can trust and who he talks at last before making the big decisions.
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3. Trump is struggling to find an effective attack on Harris.
President Trump pursued Harris on Tuesday as “mean”, “annoying” and “disrespectful”.
“I think she is the most humble, most horrible, disrespectful to anyone in the US Senate,” Trump said from the White House on Tuesday and added, “I would think Biden would try to avoid it. a little bit away from that. “
Trump has also pursued Harris because of her suspicions about Brett Kavanaugh now Justice. But calling her name might just be to spark women and the Democrat base. And Democrats see her questioning Kavanaugh in his confirmation hearings as a strength, not a weakness.
Trump also struck Harris with a long list of policy attacks, from health care and military funding to accusing her of wanting to raise taxes and fight vandalism. But those are all pretty general things against the Democrats.
A video released by Trump’s election campaign labeled her “phony”. But this piece of paper is quite a cookie cutter, and doesn’t really pose a case to question Harris’s authenticity. For example, she has faced criticism in the Democratic primary for her change of position. She also lacks a clear campaign message, but that won’t matter now – Biden’s message will be hers and she can make an argument.
Radicals are also discontented by Harris’ profile as a prosecutor in California, but Trump also doesn’t seem prepared to drive that wedge. And it will be very difficult to do so, because historical nature One option by Harris will likely eclipse the fears of policy advancers with her.
4. Harris is likely to uphold the argument with Pence.
The first rule to become a vice-presidential candidate is, “Do no harm”. And the most important thing that running colleagues do in an election is the VP debate.
The head of the ticket cannot let their spouse ruin it.
“I think it’s a very important factor,” Biden told MSNBC in March.
Harris shows himself as a person capable of debating in the preliminary debate, and Democrats will likely be reassured – and maybe even expected – the Oct. 7 debate in Utah with the Vice President. Mike Pence.
Pence was clearly looking forward to it, too.
“As you all know, Joe Biden and the Democrats have been overtaken by the radical left,” Pence said at an event in Arizona on Tuesday. “So given their promises of higher taxes, open borders, medical socialization and on-demand abortion, it’s no surprise he chose Sen. Harris. … So , my message to the Democratic candidate for the vice presidency: congratulations. I will see you in Salt Lake City! “
5. The Harris selection process is another hallmark of a (surprisingly) campaign to date.
The selection of the leaked VP was a feat in the presidential campaign. Nearly every vice president election over the years has been leaked.
In fact, it turned into a press contest and was hunted hard on the waist to see who could break the story. And no one did.
What makes it surprising in some respects is that Biden’s campaign has struggled with organizing and fundraising throughout its preliminaries, but since the race turned to the general election, Biden’s team has taken control and is on par with Trump’s fundraising team.