Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has ended the longstanding speculation surrounding his running mate selection by announcing U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his pick.
As for the former vice president’s general-election rival, President Donald Trump wasted no time attacking her following the announcement on Tuesday.
“My No. 1 draft pick”
“She was my No. 1 pick,” Trump said, as reported by The Hill. “I mean, she was … my No. 1 draft pick, and we’ll see how she works out.”
He soon made it clear that he did not mean that he backed her selection because he is a fan of her political skills.
“She did very, very poorly in the primaries, as you know,” Trump added. “She was expected to do well. And she ended up right around 2% and spent a lot of money.”
The president asserted that Harris “had a lot of things happening” and said he was “a little surprised he picked her.”
A short time after Biden’s announcement, the Trump campaign also released an ad denouncing Harris as a “phony.”
“I picked the right person”
Although Biden and Harris were bitter rivals during the Democratic presidential primary race, they put on a united front for their first statements after forming the party’s 2020 ticket. The two appeared together for a campaign event in Delaware the day after the announcement.
“I have no doubt that I picked the right person to join me as the next vice president of the United States of America, and that’s Sen. Kamala Harris,” said Biden, who lives in Delaware and represented the state for decades in the U.S. Senate. “She’s ready to do this job on day one.”
In addition to her qualifications, the former vice president pointed to the historic nature of his pick and the inspiration he believes it will provide to a generation of Americans.
“This morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little black and brown girls who so often feel overlooked in their communities … for the first time they are seeing themselves as presidents and vice presidents,” he said.
It is true that Harris meets a lot of the criteria deemed important by Democratic Party leaders. Whether the decision resonates with rank-and-file Democratic voters, however, remains to be seen.