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Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's running mate

1 min ago

Jill Biden to Harris' husband: "Are you ready?"

Jill Biden, Joe Biden's wife, welcomed Kamala Harris' husband to the team.

She just tweeted this to Douglas Emhoff:

About Emhoff: The Brooklyn-born Emhoff had been a quietly supportive presence during Harris' own 2020 run. He was often spotted backstage or at the edge of Harris' crowds at both her campaign events and book tour events last year, although he once rushed onstage to grab an animal rights protester who leapt on stage Saturday to confront Harris.

The Brooklyn native, who moved to Southern California in his teens and attended the USC Gould School of Law, launched his own firm in 2000 before Venable acquired it in 2006. At DLA Piper, Emhoff has continued to focus on business, entertainment and intellectual property law in both California and Washington, DC.

The couple was set up on a blind date in 2013 when Harris was California's attorney general by her best friend, Chrisette Hudlin.

2 min ago

Trump previously said Harris would "be a fine choice" for Biden's running mate

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond 

Kamala Harris speaks at a hearing of the Homeland Security Committee on June 25, in Washington, DC.
Kamala Harris speaks at a hearing of the Homeland Security Committee on June 25, in Washington, DC. Alexander Drago/Getty Images

A reminder that President Trump less than two weeks ago said that Sen. Kamala Harris would be a "fine choice."

Trump made the comment in response to a question about veepstakes as he was leaving the White House on July 29.

Asked how he'd rate Harris as a vice president, Trump said, "I think she'd be a fine choice, Kamala Harris. She'd be a fine choice."

3 min ago

Democrats tweet their support for Kamala Harris as the VP pick

Prominent Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former president Bill Clinton are tweeting their approval of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate.

Here are the tweets:

Pelosi said Harris "will continue her legacy of trailblazing leadership to move our nation forward."

Former President Bill Clinton called Harris a "terrific choice."

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Harris was the "perfect choice" for Biden.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said Harris is "set to make history."

10 min ago

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will deliver remarks in Delaware tomorrow

From CNN's Brian Rokus

The Biden campaign has announced that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will give remarks tomorrow in Wilmington, Delaware. The time of the event has not been announced.

10 min ago

Two contenders tweet support for Harris

From CNN’s Dan Merica

Stacey Abrams and Gretchen Whitmer, two other vice president contenders, praised Joe Biden's decision to choose Kamala Harris as his running mate.

Abrams tweeted that she is thrilled to support Harris as the next vice president and that Biden's focus is "on reaching out to every corner of our country."

Whitmer also said that she is proud to support Harris and called them a "fierce team to Build America Back Better"

Read the tweets:

8 min ago

Biden personally called Warren to tell her she was not chosen

From CNN's MJ Lee

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 7, in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 7, in Manchester, New Hampshire. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Joe Biden called Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, himself earlier today to inform her that she would not be chosen as his running mate, according to a source familiar.

7 min ago

Biden updates campaign website

Following Joe Biden's announcement that Kamala Harris will be his 2020 election running mate, the candidate's campaign website was updated to show a photo of both candidates together.

17 min ago

Susan Rice: "Harris is a tenacious and trailblazing leader"

From CNN's Jim Acosta 

Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice speaks at the J Street 2018 National Conference April 16, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice speaks at the J Street 2018 National Conference April 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, who was among those seen as serious contenders as Joe Biden's running mate pick, congratulated Sen. Kamala Harris. 

"I warmly congratulate Senator Kamala Harris on her selection as Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential running mate," Rice said in a statement. "Senator Harris is a tenacious and trailblazing leader who will make a great partner on the campaign trail. I am confident that Biden-Harris will prove to be a winning ticket."

Rice said she would do her "utmost to assist Joe Biden to become the next president of the United States and to help him govern successfully."

 Her statement continued:

"Joe Biden’s principled and responsible leadership is what America urgently needs to: provide working families desperately needed support and opportunity; defeat the coronavirus and revive our economy; renew America’s standing in the world and protect our national security; redress our longstanding racial and socio-economic disparities; and restore the rule of law, respect for our Constitution and faith in our democracy. Corrupt and self-serving, Donald Trump has sold America out for his personal gain. It’s essential that we bring integrity, empathy, decency, and competence back to the White House with the election of Joe Biden. I look forward to supporting the Biden-Harris ticket with all my energy and commitment."
8 min ago

Harris is the first Black woman on a major party ticket

From CNN's Maeve Reston

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris shake hands on Thursday, September 12, 2019, after a debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris shake hands on Thursday, September 12, 2019, after a debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. David J. Phillip/AP

Joe Biden announced Tuesday that Kamala Harris will be his running mate for the 2020 election ballot, making the California senator the first Black woman to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket. 

In selecting Harris, Biden adds a former primary rival who centered her own presidential bid on her readiness to take on Trump and show Americans she would fight for them. 

She rose to national prominence within the Democratic Party by interrogating Trump nominees during Senate hearings, from former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  

Harris’ selection comes months after Biden committed to picking a woman to join him on the Democratic ticket. Harris, 55, is now the third woman to serve as a vice presidential candidate for a major political party, following Geraldine Ferraro as the Democratic vice presidential pick in 1984 and Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential pick in 2008.

Aware that his age could be a concern to some voters, Biden, 77, has said that he is “a bridge” to a new slate of Democratic leaders, and by selecting Harris, more than 20 years his junior, he has elevated a leading figure from a younger generation within the party. 

Within the pantheon of female candidates that the former vice president considered, Harris was long viewed as the most-likely choice because of the breadth of her experience as a US senator, former California attorney general and former district attorney of San Francisco. 

While potential candidates like Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, California US Rep. Karen Bass and Florida Rep. Val Demings were viewed as fresh-faced additions to the ticket, none of them had been vetted by Democratic voters like Harris, nor did they have her experience in all levels of politics. With her multi-racial background as the child of two immigrants to the United States, her allies believed she could complement Biden as a symbol of a changing America. 

She also proved to be a hardworking surrogate for Biden in recent months, taking part in everything from virtual policy events with voters in swing districts to a live DJ dance party fundraiser with Diplo and D-Nice online. 

Still, some members of Biden’s team resisted choosing Harris. A recent Politico story noted that former Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who was helping vet candidates, was still galled by her attack on Biden during a June 2019 debate in Miami when she criticized his work with segregationist senators and highlighted his fight against busing to desegregate schools decades ago.  

The pushback against Harris apparently became so strong that Biden felt the need to defend her during his July 28 press conference, where an Associated Press photo captured the talking points about her on his notecard that included “do not hold grudges” and “great help to campaign.” 

Harris also benefited from being a running mate who could match this turbulent moment in American history. 

Many of the issues at the center of her life’s work — including criminal justice reform, improving healthcare for Black Americans and tackling income inequality — have come to the forefront in the three-pronged crisis America is now facing: the coronavirus pandemic (which has disproportionately affected communities of color), the fight against systemic racism and an economic recession. 

Harris took a rock to the head for supporting her friend:

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