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Washington DC, Aug 13 (Canadian-Media): Kamala Harris, the second African American woman and the first Indian American made her first appearance on Aug 12 with US Democratic candidate Joe Biden as his presumed running mate and tries to rationalizes why Biden had hailed Harris Aug 11 to serve in the US Senate, as one of US' "finest public servants," media reports said.
Kamala Harris. Image credit: Twitter handle
"The President's mismanagement of the pandemic has plunged us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and we're experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice that has brought a new coalition of conscience to the streets of our country demanding change," Harris said Aug 12 at the afternoon event in Wilmington, Delaware.
"America is crying out for leadership. Yet we have a President who cares more about himself than the people who elected him," said Harris.
In her speech, she described Biden's qualities of "empathy, his compassion, his sense of duty," adding that she and the former vice president were both "cut from the same cloth."
Earlier former President of the United States of America Barack Obama had tweeted in support of Kamala Harris.
Both Obama and Biden share a close bond as during Obama's tenure as the President, Biden served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017.
"This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing," part of Obama's tweet read. He said his wife Michelle and him were thrilled with the announcement.
"I’ve known Senator@KamalaHarris [Kamala Harris] for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake," Obama tweeted.
Joe Biden made his announcement six days before the scheduled opening of the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which will run until August 20. He will not attend the convention out of caution over the novel coronavirus.
Joe Biden. Image credit: Twitter handle
"I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked Kamala Harris - a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants - as my running mate," Biden said in a statement.
"Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau [Biden's son who died of cancer in May 2015]. 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," Biden added.