Democratic party presidential candidate Joe Biden has named Senator Kamala Harris as his choice for Vice President.
Harris becomes the first black woman to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket.
The 55 year old becomes the third woman to serve as a vice presidential candidate for a major political outfit after Geraldine Ferraro as the Democratic vice presidential pick in 1984 and Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential choice in 2008.
Biden made the announcement via social media and described his VP pick as “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.”
“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,” he tweeted.
His decision was welcomed by his former boss and the 44th POTUS Barack Obama.
Obama said, “I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.”
Harris, a woman of colour born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father accepted the nomination noting that Biden will be the man to create the ideal and unified America.
“Joe Biden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals.
“I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”
The former Attorney general has in her lifetime fought against systemic racism and an economic recession.
She has also fought for criminal justice reforms especially this year when the US has been grappling with racism.
After the death of George Floyd, senator Harris marched with protesters as she called for police reforms.
It is said that she could be the Democratic party’s flagbearer come 2024 seeing as Biden will in November turn 78, making him the oldest POTUS, should he beat President Donald Trump.
The former prosecutor will be confirmed as Biden’s running mate at the Democratic convention that begins on Monday.
Her diversity is seen as the factor that could appeal to the younger generation and women voters.