Biden chooses Kamala Harris for veep nomination

Former Vice President Joe Biden links arms with Sen. Kamala Harris and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Detroit, March 9, 2020 | Andrew Roth

After a long wait for Joe Biden’s running mate pick and a short list of potential candidates, the former vice president announced Tuesday that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is his running mate.

“You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President. I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,” Biden wrote in an email to supporters. 

If Biden wins in November, Harris would be the first female, first Black and first Asian American to serve as vice president in the U.S.

Biden committed to choosing a woman for his running mate early on and many people encouraged him to choose a woman of color. 

Harris ran against Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination until she dropped out of the race in December.

During a debate in June 2019, Harris was critical of Biden for his history of opposing federal busing mandates, but after leaving the race, Harris endorsed Biden in March and joined him for a Detroit rally that month. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was on the short list of running mate candidates, but ultimately wasn’t selected for the position, however she shared her support for Harris and Biden. 

I am extraordinarily proud to support @KamalaHarris and @JoeBiden! They will be a fierce team to Build America Back Better,” Whitmer tweeted shortly after the announcement was made.