Biden Chooses Senator Kamala Harris as VP Candidate
The American Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden has named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Biden's choice signals the importance of the Black vote in the upcoming presidential election against President Donald Trump.
Biden wrote on the social media website Twitter: "I have the great honor to announce that I've picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country's finest public servants — as my running mate."
Who is Kamala Harris?
Harris is a 55-year-old first-term senator from the state of California. She was born in Oakland to a Jamaican father and Indian mother.
Harris won her first election in 2003 when she became San Francisco's district attorney. As the city's top lawyer, she created programs to help low-level drug offenders and keep students in school. She was elected California's attorney general in 2010. She was the first woman and Black person to hold that job.
After being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, she gained attention for her forceful questioning of Trump administration officials during congressional hearings.
Harris launched her presidential campaign in early 2019 in a crowded race for the Democratic Party nomination. Her first campaign appearance brought out 20,000 people. But without enough money to run the campaign, Harris withdrew from the race in December 2019, two months before the first votes in the nominating process.
During a primary debate, Harris attacked Biden for his opposition to busing in the 1970s as schools began to bring Black and white students together.
"There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day," she said. "And that little girl was me."
Biden said her comment misrepresented his position. But the two have since returned to a warm relationship.
"Joe has empathy, he has a proven track record of leadership and more than ever before we need a president of the United States who understands who the people are, sees them where they are, and has a genuine desire to help and knows how to fight to get us where we need to be," Harris said at an event for Biden earlier this summer.
Why is the vice president selection important?
Harris joins Biden in the 2020 presidential campaign as the nation faces many problems.
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 160,000 people in the U.S. COVID-19 linked business closings have hurt the economy. At the same time, protests against racism and the police after the death of George Floyd have taken place across the country.
The choice of vice president also carries increased importance for the Democratic Party this year.
If elected, Biden would be 78 years old at the time of taking office in January. He would be the oldest man to ever become president. Biden has not said whether he will seek a second term in 2024. Biden's running mate would then likely become the leading Democratic Party candidate for the presidential nomination that year.
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美国民主党总统候选人乔·拜登提名加州参议员卡玛拉·哈里斯（Kamala Harris）作为其竞选伙伴 。
55岁的哈里斯是一名来自加州的新任参议员 。她在奥克兰出生，父亲是牙买加人，母亲是印度人 。
2003年，哈里斯赢得了她的第一场选举，成为旧金山市的地区检察官 。作为该市的最高律师，她创建了一些项目来帮助低水平的毒犯，并让学生留在学校 。她于2010年当选为加州司法部长 。她是担任该职位的首位女性和黑人 。
哈里斯于2019年初发起了总统竞选活动，参与角逐激烈的民主党提名 。她出席首次竞选活动吸引了两万人参加 。但是由于没有足够的竞选资金，哈里斯于2019年12月退出竞选，当时距获得提名程序的第一张选票还有两个月 。
她说：“当时加州有个小女孩，她是种族融合的公立学校的第二批学生，她每天要坐校车去上学 。那个小女孩就是我 。”
拜登表示，她的言论歪曲了他的立场 。但是二人很快握手言和 。
新冠病毒疫情已经夺走了16万美国人的性命 。新冠肺炎导致的企业关门损害了美国经济 。与此同时在乔治·弗洛伊德死后，美国各地都发生了反种族主义和警察的示威活动 。
如果当选，拜登在明年1月就职时将年满78岁 。他将是有史以来最年长的总统 。拜登没有透露是否会在2024年寻求连任 。而拜登的竞选伙伴很可能会成为届时获得总统提名的民主党主要候选人 。