Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris listens as presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event, their first joint appearance since Biden named Harris as his running mate, at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware, August 12, 2020.
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WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, made their first joint appearance as a complete ticket on Wednesday when they delivered speeches together in Wilmington, Del.
The event offered voters, millions of whom are living under restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic their first opportunity to see the presumptive Democratic nominees together in person since Biden announced on Tuesday that he had selected Harris to be his running mate.
“As a child of immigrants, [Harris] knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country, as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” said Biden. “Her story is America’s story. It’s different from mine in many particulars, but also not so different in the essentials.”
“And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little black and brown girls, who so often feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today – today, just maybe, they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way, as the stuff of presidents and vice presidents,” Biden said.
As a running mate, Harris lends racial diversity, gender parity and generational breadth to Biden’s presidential campaign and to a potential Biden White House. Her selection also signaled Biden’s intention to keep his policy platform rooted in the center-left of the Democratic Party, and not succumb to pressure he faced to choose a progressive star as his running mate.
Biden’s decision to tap Harris, 55, was widely praised by prominent Democrats and begrudgingly accepted by most Republicans, some of whom even acknowledged publicly that the former California attorney general was a strategically smart pick.
Following Biden’s announcement, it quickly became apparent that neither President Donald Trump nor his reelection campaign had settled on a preferred line of attack to use against Harris.
Speaking at a White House news conference, Trump said Harris was “my number one draft pick,” paying her an apparent compliment before calling her the “meanest” and “most horrible” and “nasty” a few minutes later.
Meanwhile, Trump campaign surrogates seesawed between painting Harris as the agent of a “radical agenda” from the far left on one hand, and on the other hand, calling Harris a “phony” for allegedly pretending to be a real progressive, when fact she was a moderate.
While the Trump campaign was searching for a coherent message Tuesday night, the Biden campaign was raising money hand over fist.
In the four hours following Biden’s announcement, Act Blue, the leading Democratic fundraising platform reported having raised $10.8 million, which was more than $8 million more than the site had raised in the same four hours the day before.
Speaking on Wednesday, Biden said the day before had been his campaign’s single biggest day for grassroots fundraising, and more than twice as much as any other day in his year long campaign.
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