Desi flavour to USA election, Kamala picked as Joe Biden’s running mate

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 13, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate this week, and President Donald Trump is predictably already on the attack.

Biden said Kamala would be the best partner for him to finally get the country back on track.

Biden and Harris repeatedly slammed Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his inconsistent measures on social distancing and wearing masks and criticized the economic downturn it has caused. The Harris boost could help Biden close the gap in August.

At a press briefing Tuesday, Trump said that Harris was "nasty" to Biden during a 2019 Democratic primary debate, reacting to his choice for running mate.

The son of the late Rev. Billy Graham notes, Biden-Harris "are labeled as the most pro-abortion presidential ticket in the history of our nation".

The pair's appearance in Wilmington, Delaware, gave a glimpse into how Mr Biden and Ms Harris will battle Mr Trump in the presidential election. He then went on to compare United States coronavirus figures with those of Europe.

Despite the awkwardly intimate setting, a far cry from the typical campaign rollout featuring an audience of thousands, Ms Harris appeared telegenic and confident in her first speech as vice presidential nominee - for which she and Mr Biden both arrived wearing facemasks. The former vice president vowed to stand up for his running mate, taking a dig at Trump by asking: "Is anyone surprised Trump has a problem with a strong woman?"

Pence continually tried to paint Harris as a radical, as have President Trump and other Republicans, along with conservative pundits. "Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!" Trump called her "very weak on facts".

He said Ms Harris was an inspiration to the country's young girls of colour. "I've had the honor of serving with her on the Intelligence Committee, and I know firsthand how committed Senator Harris is to upholding our American ideals of liberty, equal justice, and democracy".

"Add your name to welcome her to the team", Biden said in his message.

The two sharply-opposed camps will clash in the final electoral battle for the Oval Office on 3 November, with Trump running for reelection on the Republican party ticket with his vice president, Mike Pence.

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