Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden named former prosecutor and current California senator Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday.
“I have the great honour to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — like my running mate,” Biden tweeted.
Harris made history by being the first Black woman and the first woman of Indian descent to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket.
From politicians, and celebrities to the public, the announcement received mixed reactions on Twitter:
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 11, 2020
I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing. pic.twitter.com/duJhFhWp6g
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This is a historical, transformational, and proud moment for all women. All women of colour, all Black women, and all South Asian women. Congratulations @kamalaharris on becoming the first Black woman and FIRST PERSON of Indian descent to compete on a major U.S. party’s presidential ticket. 🙌🏽 #representationmatters PS: To my younger self – look how far we have come! ❤️
.@JoeBiden’s naming of Sen. @KamalaHarris Harris as the Democratic nominee for Vice President marks an historic and proud milestone for our country. As Vice President, Senator Harris will continue her legacy of trailblazing leadership to move our nation forward.
My statement 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/XdOZK9be6a
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) August 11, 2020
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) August 11, 2020
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 11, 2020
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Was there ever more of an exciting day? For our entire country of course, but especially for my Black and Indian sisters, many of us who have gone our entire lives thinking that someone who looks like us may never hold high office. We work so hard and contribute to the fabric of America, and now to see someone as talented as @kamalaharris rise to the top like this? It’s thrilling!! I am filled with hope and excitement. Thank you @joebiden. Let’s do this! @meena @mayaharris_ #rohinikosoglu #sisterhood #letsdothis #bidenharris2020 Photo credit: Getty Images
— Jennifer Pennock (@jenpennock) August 11, 2020
— Moe (@MoeTaxes) August 11, 2020
— Holly Lee (@LeeHolly81) August 11, 2020
— Gracygirl (@jpaustex) August 12, 2020
God bless you, your family. Thank you for your service to our country. Wonderful choice for VP. Let’s take our country back. pic.twitter.com/82SxMDM31d
— End This Nightmare (@EndThisNightma2) August 11, 2020
With a single move you snatched millions of votes from Republicans.
— Nitesh Mittal (@NiteshIsMittal) August 12, 2020
— M Carpenter (@mrknotty23) August 12, 2020
You and Kamala are this country’s only hope to defeat the clown in the oval office and replace him with responsible, sensible leadership
— Nadav (@NadavWithLove) August 12, 2020
Hello Joe. You have made the right decision. We salute you . Best wishes. White House march in earnest
— Richard Kipkoech (@kailelkip) August 12, 2020
You Make America Proud Again !!!!
— L’Autre est amont (@Querelleur75) August 12, 2020
Biden, who was vice president to Barack Obama for eight years, had announced in March, his plan to select a woman as his vice president.
The 77-year old’s expansive search included Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Florida Representative Val Demings and California Representative Karen Bass.
Born in Oakland to a Jamaican father and Indian mother, the 55-year-old Harris was elected to the Senate in 2016. She has also served as the attorney general of California from 2011 to 2016.
Biden and Harris are set to take participate in the Democratic National Convention virtually, which will start from August 17.
(With inputs from AP)
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