Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has announced Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate, making the California senator the first Black and South Asian American woman chosen for national office by a major political party.
The announcement comes following a search that was conducted under strict secrecy, with most campaign aides, donors and even many longtime Biden friends intentionally kept in the dark.
“I have the great honour to announce that I've picked Kamala Harris,” Biden tweeted. He called Harris a “fearless fighter” for the “little guy.”
Biden and Harris will formally accept their nominations next week during the Democratic National Convention, which will be conducted via video from various locations because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020