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Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate

Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has chosen Sen. Kamala D. Harris as his running mate, putting a woman of color on the presidential ticket for the first time.


The senator from California and former state attorney general had also made a run at the Democratic presidential nomination. It’s only the fourth time a woman has been on a major-party presidential ticket, and Harris, who is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, is the first Black and Asian American woman chosen.


“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,” Biden tweeted. “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

Teasing out the decision, the Biden campaign announced Tuesday morning who would be on his running mate’s team, including her chief of staff.

Adding fuel to the speculation, the Democratic National Convention announced its full lineup of speakers Tuesday morning.

Among the highlights of the long list of speakers: Biden’s former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former first lady Michelle Obama are expected to speak Monday night; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and former president Bill Clinton will speak Tuesday night; the vice presidential nominee and former president Barack Obama will speak Wednesday night; and Biden will deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night.

The mostly virtual convention will take place Aug. 17-20, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

In a radio interview Tuesday morning, President Trump suggested that some men might be “insulted” by Biden’s announcement that his running mate will be a woman. Trump is scheduled to hold a coronavirus briefing Tuesday evening.

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