• By The Financial District


Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday (Wednesday, August 12, 2020 in Manila) picked Senator Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president, making her the first Black woman on a major-party US presidential ticket and giving him a partner well prepared to go on the attack against Republican President Donald Trump.

With social unrest over racial injustice rocking the country for months, Biden had been under increasing pressure to select a Black woman as his running mate. Harris is also the first Asian-American on a major presidential ticket, James Oliphant and Joseph Ax wrote for Reuters

In Harris, a 55-year-old senator from California who made her own run for the White House, Biden gains an experienced politician already battle-tested by the rigors of the 2020 presidential campaign as they head into the final stretch of the Nov. 3 election. Biden on Twitter called Harris “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.” Harris wrote on Twitter that Biden could “unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us.” 

During a White House briefing on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump called Harris “the meanest, the most horrible, most disrespectful” and “most liberal” even as he expressed surprise that she was chosen as Biden’s running mate. Biden’s choice is crucial in consolidating the Democratic Party’s hold on Black and Asian voters in the US.