The Senator from California, Kamala Harris, has made history by accepting her party’s nomination to be Joe Biden’s running mate. The 55-year old has become the first Black woman and first South Asian America to be on a major U.S party’s national ticket. Harris said she and Biden share a similar vision, and they believe in a country where the fundamental belief unites them that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity, and respect. She vowed to speak “truths” to the American people. Harris said they had a chance to change the course of history during this election.
The California senator praised her late mother, an Indian immigrant, saying she is the one who instilled in her a vision of “our nation as a beloved community — where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from or who we love.” She said her mother raised her to be a proud, strong Black woman who appreciated her Indian heritage. Harris did not forget her loving father, either. She recalled how her father, who was a Jamaican, participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
In her speech, Harris noted that that week marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Harris also blistered Trump. She remembered during her presidential campaign when she attacked Trump indirectly.
Now, Harris does not spare Trump, and she no longer attacks him indirectly. She said that Trump’s failure had cost lives and livelihoods. Additionally, she said they had a president who turns their tragedies into political weapons. On the contrary, she said Joe would be a president who turns their challenges into purpose.
Biden said he would act as a connection to a new generation. Even though he did not talk about his interest in seeking a second term, the majority of the voters anticipate that Harris will possibly be called upon to step into the role of party standard-bearer in 2024. Biden, and his campaign team, is hopeful that Harris will manage to stimulate young voters and people of color. Democrats also hope she will be able to convince swing voters and excite those who are divided between moderate wings and progressive.