Kamala Harris Thursday accepted the Democratic nomination for vice-president, becoming the first Black woman and Asian-American on a major US presidential ticket. In her acceptance speech at the virtual Democratic National Convention, Harris said, “The constant chaos leaves us adrift, the incompetence makes us feel afraid, the callousness makes us feel alone. It’s a lot. And here’s the thing: we can do better and deserve so much more,” in reference to Donald Trump’s presidency.
On Day 3 of the Convention, former President Barack Obama endorsed the Biden-Harris duo, asking America to “believe in their ability to lead this country out of dark times and build it back better”. Targeting President Donald Trump who is seeking re-election, Obama said, “I never expected that my successor would embrace my vision or continue my policies. I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did.
Last week, Joe Biden scripted history by selecting Indian-origin Senator Harris, 55, as his running mate in the US presidential election. Harris, whose father is an African from Jamaica and mother an Indian, is the first-ever Black vice-presidential nominee. Presidential elections in the US will be held on November 3 and the 77-year-old is challenging incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the polls.