WILMINGTON, DE — Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday to be his running mate, a historically unprecedented choice that promotes a Black woman and former rival to the Democratic Party’s presidential ticket.
Biden announced he chose Harris, a 55-year-old freshman senator from California and the state’s former Attorney General, in a text message to supporters shortly after 4pm on Tuesday.
“Joe Biden here. Big news: I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate,” the text said. “Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.”
In a Facebook post, Biden extolled Harris as “smart, tough, and ready to lead” and applauded her work in the Senate to “hold the Trump administration accountable for its corruption, stand up to a Justice Department that’s run amok, and be a powerful voice against their extreme nominations.”
“She’s been a leader on criminal justice and marriage equality. And