Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden selected U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate on Tuesday afternoon, ending speculation that he might pick Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Whitmer expressed her support for the pick after Biden announced it, posting on her personal Twitter feed, "I am extraordinarily proud to support @KamalaHarris and @JoeBiden! They will be a fierce team to Build America Back Better. #WeHaveHerBack."
Both Harris and Whitmer had long been considered to be on Biden's short list of women being considered as his vice presidential nominee. Speculation it might be Whitmer grew late last week when the Associated Press reported that she had flown to Delaware to meet with Biden.
Whitmer is also a national co-chair of Biden's campaign.
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While Whitmer was viewed as a serious contender for the vice presidential nomination, Biden — who earlier in the year had promised to select a woman as his running mate — was being encouraged to select a woman of color, given the importance of Black voters to the Democratic Party and protests this summer against police brutality against African Americans and other people of color.
Harris, a former California attorney general, becomes the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be nominated for a national office by a major political party.