(Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign has raised $ 48 million in 48 hours since he nominated US Senator Kamala Harris as the vice presidential candidate of Democrats, a campaign spokesman told Reuters late on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to Senator Kamala Harris after the end of the 2020 US presidential debate under the Democrats in Houston, Texas, USA, September 12, 2019. REUTERS / Mike Blake
Biden, a former vice president, on Tuesday chose Harris as her choice for the Vice President position, making her the first Black woman to have a major party presidential ticket in the United States.
With social unrest because of racist injustice rocked the country for months since the death in custody of an African-American man, George Floyd – after a police officer knelt on his neck for about nine minutes – Biden was pressured to choose a Black woman as his companion.
Harris, a 55-year-old senator from California who ran for the White House himself, was also the first Asian American to have a presidential ticket. Her parents are immigrants, her mother is from India and her father is from Jamaica.
She became the second black American senator in history when she was elected in 2016 and will be relied upon to help lobby African-Americans, the Democratic Party’s most staunch electoral district.
Four years ago, the decline in the first black voters in 20 years contributed to Democratic Hillary Clinton’s defeat to Donald Trump in the presidential election.
Harris, a former prosecutor and state attorney general in California, is known for his sometimes aggressive style of questioning in the Senate.
As a presidential candidate, she brought Biden into a national television debate over his previous views on mandatory student transportation as a means of separating schools. learn.
The selection of a running buddy adds meaning to Biden, 77, who will be the oldest to become president if he is elected.
His age has led to speculation that he will serve only one term, making Harris the potential top candidate for the Democratic nomination by 2024.
Biden and his campaign related teams raised $ 140 million in July.
Report by James Oliphant of Washington and Kanishka Singh of Bengaluru; Edited by William Mallard