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Democrat Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate

Capping a month-long search for a Democratic partner to challenge President Donald Trump, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice-president Joe Biden picked Senator Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president. 

Kamala Harris is the first Black woman and the first Asian American to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket in the United States.

Biden, who served as vice president for eight years under Obama, the first Black US president, called Harris “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants” in a Twitter post.  “Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.” 

Harris, who ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination against Biden, said she was “honored” to join the ticket and would “do what it takes” to help him win.Biden could “unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us”, she wrote on Twitter. 

Former President Barack Obama praised Harris on Twitter: “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.”

Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, called Harris “an incredible public servant and leader” and said she would be “a strong partner” for Biden.

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