Joe Biden finally announced on Tuesday that California Senator Kamala Harris will be his running mate.
No one was particularly surprised by this decision, as Harris has been a known contender for the spot for months.
The Daily Caller reports:
Biden Picks Kamala Harris To Be His Vice Presidential Nominee
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will select Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate to take on President Donald Trump.
The announcement was made on Twitter, as speculation grew that there would be an event at Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. Photos of an event production truck outside of the hotel were taken before the announcement, leading up to speculation that Biden would announce his running mate.
“Joe Biden is running to restore the soul of the nation and unite the country to move us forward. Joe knows more about the importance of the Vice Presidency than just about anyone, and he is confident that Kamala Harris will be the best partner for him to finally get the country back on track,” the Biden campaign said in an email.
It’s unclear what Biden thinks he will gain by adding Harris to the ticket, as he was probably going to win deeply blue California anyway.
Speaking of California, Harris’s numbers there aren’t great.
Kamala Harris’s Final Poll Number in Home State of California: 7%
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) emerged as former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate on Tuesday. But her presidential campaign was a disaster: even in her home state, Harris struggled to build support, finishing at 7% in California last year.
Harris started slowly in California, only reaching fourth place in the crowded field in June 2019, at 13%. But she soon surged, particularly after the first presidential primary debate in Miami, Florida, when she attacked Biden over his past support for segregationists, and his opposition to mandatory school integration (“busing”). She led the Democratic Party field in California in July 2019, with 23% of the vote.
Also, Harris is going to have to explain a few things now:
BREAKING: Joe Biden has picked Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.
How nice of him to pick her after she called him a vile racist on the debate stage a little over a year ago. pic.twitter.com/d5DDiBi7m5
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 11, 2020
Why would Kamala Harris want to be part of Biden’s administration when she believes he helped pass segregationist legislation?
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) August 11, 2020
Harris isn’t a great choice for Biden, but to be fair to Joe, he didn’t have any great options.