Joe Biden Names Kamala Harris as Running Mate

Headline Roundup August 11th, 2020

Former vice president and presumptive democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden named Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) as his running mate in a tweet on Tuesday. The only black woman in the Senate, Harris previously served as San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general before starting her own presidential bid in early 2019; low campaign finance figures ended her campaign in December. In June, Biden promised to pick a woman of color as vice president; over the past few weeks, speculation swirled around Harris as Biden's vice president pick after a photograph of Biden's notes revealed Harris' name among the list of talking points, along with the phrase "do not hold grudges."

Coverage from all sides of the political spectrum analyzed what this pick could mean for Biden's chances in November. Coverage from the left tended to highlight the fact that if the Biden-Harris ticket succeeds, Harris would be the first woman and the second person of color in U.S. history to be vice president or president. Some voices noted that several different left- and center-rated news outlets referred to Harris in their headlines as a "woman of color," and a "black woman," while others referred to her South Asian heritage. Coverage from the right also highlighted Harris' past criticism of Biden and some liberals' disappointment with Harris and her previous actions as attorney general.

Joe Biden Names Kamala Harris as Running Mate

From the Center
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Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate today. Here’s a look at what this choice means and … what it doesn’t.

It’s a historic choice, with the potential for even more history to be made.
Harris is the first Asian American and the first Black woman in American history to be a general election candidate for president or vice president for either of the two major political parties. (Harris’s mother was born in India, her father in Jamaica. They...

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From the Left
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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has chosen Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate, elevating a former presidential candidate whose most electric campaign performance came when she criticized his record on school integration during a debate.

Harris will be the first Black woman and first Asian American to run for vice president, representing a historic choice at a moment when the country is grappling with its racial past and future. The announcement was made in a text and a tweet from Biden.

“Back when Kamala was Attorney General,...

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From the Right
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She makes history as the first Black woman to serve as a major political party’s VP pick. The Biden campaign said Biden and Harris will deliver remarks together on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

"I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021," Biden said in an email to supporters.

Biden also tweeted: "I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for...

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