Biden VP pick: Kamala Harris chosen as running mate


Published by BBC.CO.UK

Summary generated on August 11, 2020


    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has named Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.

    Once a rival for the top job, the California senator of Indian-Jamaican heritage had long been considered the front-runner for the position.

    The former California attorney-general has been urging police reform amid anti-racism protests.

    Mr Biden will face President Donald Trump in the election on 3 November.

    Vice-President Mike Pence remains the Republican incumbent's running mate.

    Mr Biden tweeted that he had "The great honour" to name Ms Harris as his running mate.

    Ms Harris says she's always been comfortable with her identity and simply describes herself as "An American".

    After four years at Howard, Ms Harris went on to earn her law degree at the University of California, Hastings, and began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

    In her nearly two terms in office as attorney general, Ms Harris gained a reputation as one of the Democratic party's rising stars, using this momentum to propel her election as California's junior US senator in 2017.

    The self-described "Progressive prosecutor" tried to emphasise more left-leaning parts of her legacy - requiring body cameras for some special agents at the California Department of Justice, the first state agency to adopt them, and launching a database that provided public access to crime statistics, though she failed to gain traction.