Biden picks Kamala Harris as vice-presidential running mate


WASHINGTON: Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday picked California Senator Kamala Harris, whose mother is a Tamilian from South India, as his vice-presidential running mate for the 2020 Presidential election.


"@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief," Harris tweeted shortly after Biden announced his pick on social media.


"I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris— a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.," Biden announced an hour or so earlier, adding, "Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign."


Beau Biden, the former vice president’s eldest son, was the Attorney General of Delaware when Harris was AG of California. He died of cancer in 2015.


Biden and Harris are expected to make an appearance together in Delaware on Wednesday to president a united front.