Joe Biden chooses Kamala Harris

After a search that lasted over several months, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has chosen California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate for vice president. He made the announcement over Twitter.

Harris beat a short list that included Stacey Abrams, Gretchen Whitmer, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth. Biden personally informed Duckworth and Warren that they were not chosen for the Democratic party presidential ticket.

Immediately following the announcement, Harris tweeted that she was honored to have been picked by Biden.

Already, several Democratic leaders have congratulated Harris on the nomination, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Andrew Yang among others. On the Republican side, former vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin sent over advice to Harris.

Through the nomination, Harris becomes the third woman and first woman of color to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket. Previously, Harris had served five years as attorney general in California and in as a prosecutor in San Francisco. She made headlines during her interrogations of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

During a June 2019 debate, Harris attacked Biden for the work he had done with segregationist senators and the fight he led against bussing to desegregate schools. The attack prompted Biden to apologize. The moment caught Biden off guard, but Biden considered Harris a “great help to campaign.

The new duo is set to deliver remarks Wednesday, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Jose Zepeda

Jose Zepeda is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. He is now on his third year with Good Morning Illini, previously serving as director, reporter and crew member. He is also currently a digital intern for WILL, the NPR- and PBS- affiliate in Urbana and vice-president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists University of Illinois chapter. He also has his own podcast with fellow GMI-er Angelle Cortes called Just Chillin’. He brings previous experience as a features intern at The News-Gazette and as a daytime news editor at The Daily Illini. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @JoseZepedaTV.