Senator Kamala Harris is one step closer to the White House. Harris accepted the historic Democratic VP nomination, and told voters that ‘we can do better’ than Trump.
Tonight, Senator Kamala Harris made history. The California Democrat just became the first woman of color, as well as the first person of South Asian descent, to be nominated for Vice President on a major US political party’s national ticket. Harris, 55, is now also the fourth woman to ever appear on a national ticket, as well. And she marked the occasion with an eloquent speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention — and a warning about what the next four years will look like if we don’t elect Joe Biden in November.
Kamala Harris became the first Black and South Asian woman nominated to a major party's presidential ticket tonight.
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 20, 2020
“Donald Trump’s failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods,” the senator stated in her August 19 address, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re at an inflection point. The constant chaos leaves adrift. The incompetence makes us feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone. It’s a lot. And here’s the thing: We can do better and deserve so much more. We must elect a president who will bring something different, something better, and do the important work. A president who will bring all of us together — Black, White, Latino, Asian, Indigenous — to achieve the future we collectively want. We must elect Joe Biden.”
She also remembered her late mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris, an Indian immigrant who raised her and her sister, Maya Harris, as a single mother. “My mother taught me that service to others gives life purpose and meaning. And oh, how I wish she were here tonight but I know she’s looking down on me from above,” Harris said. “I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman — all of five feet tall — who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California. On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now speaking these words: I accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States of America.”
“I do so, committed to the values she taught me,” Harris continued. “To the Word that teaches me to walk by faith, and not by sight. And to a vision passed on through generations of Americans—one that Joe Biden shares. A vision of our nation as a Beloved Community—where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love. A country where we may not agree on every detail, but we are united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity and respect.
Harris’ nomination to formally become Joe Biden’s 2020 running mate was especially sweet, considering who delivered the honor. Sister Maya, niece Meena Harris, and stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff, joined forces for a beautiful speech to celebrate the Democratic vice presidential nominee. “We’re so proud of you, Auntie,” Meena said in a video, joined by Maya and Ella. “You mean the world to us, Kamala. And we could not be more excited to share you with the world as the next Vice President of the United States.”
Harris, who ran a 2020 presidential campaign of her own, was announced as Biden’s running mate on August 11. Biden, 77, took to Twitter to break the news, writing, “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. The following day, they appeared together in Delaware, Biden’s home state, for their first joint appearance. Harris teared up as she remembered Biden’s late son, Beau Biden, whom she knew when they were the Attorneys General of California and Delaware, respectively.
She said she immediately thought about Beau she found out she was selected as his father’s running mate. “He really was the best of us,” Harris said. “And I would ask him, ‘where’d you get that? Where’d this come from?’ He’d always talk about his dad. And I will tell you the love that they shared was incredible. It was the most beautiful display of the love between a father and a son.”
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