After months of speculation, former Vice President Joe Biden, who'll be facing off against President Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election, has picked Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday. Naturally, people had reactions to the news.
A former candidate for president, Harris was elected to the Senate in November 2016, becoming California's third female to do so. Since her time in office has supported healthcare reform, federal decriminalization of marijuana, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, a ban on assault weapons and tax reform. It was during her pointed questioning of Trump administration officials during Senate confirmation hearings that she gained national intention. Some of her noteworthy moments came when questioning U.S. Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and William Barr along with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Biden, who has been leading by a wide margin in most national polls, had previously said that he would pick not only a woman as a running mate but specifically a woman of color. Numerous Democrats had pinned Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and former Georgia State Rep. Stacey Abrams as possibilities.
If elected, Biden has stated that he would use the executive office to enforce stricter face mask mandates to help curb the still-surging number of coronavirus cases. He is, however, opposed to calls to defund the police.
Thrilled to support @KamalaHarris as next VP. I was honored to speak with @JoeBiden at length over the weekend and again today. His focus on reaching out to every corner of our country speaks to how he will lead us. I look forward to doing all I can for Team #BidenHarris!— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) August 11, 2020
Kamala!!! I can’t wait to vote for Biden/Harris 2020!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) August 11, 2020
Kamala Harris is a Black and Desi woman. So, let me also enjoy the fact we're going to have someone who knows her mirch and masala in the White House.— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) August 11, 2020
Let’s go win this.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 11, 2020
This is historic. @KamalaHarris as a vice presidential nominee is just a continuation of Black women walking into their power.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 11, 2020
Emotional moment for me as a woman of color to have Kamala announced. Separate from my prediction, she was also my preference.
Go get ‘em, girl! pic.twitter.com/LzbrUkCUl6— A.J. Delgado (@AJDelgado13) August 11, 2020
Sen.KamalaHarris this is a great moment. Let’s take care of her and make sure we are supportive of her because this is a no nonsense race and she is ready. Go Kamala!!— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) August 11, 2020
What Kamala Harris is going to do to Mike Pence in a debate... pic.twitter.com/oHb1kSOkYr— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) August 11, 2020