Washington: Kamala Harris made history on Saturday with her election as Joe Biden’s vice president, becoming the first woman, first Black American and first Asian American to win the second-highest U.S. office.
Harris, 56, is widely seen as an obvious candidate for the Democratic Patry nomination in 2024 should Biden, who will be 78 at their inauguration on Jan. 20, decide not to seek a second term. She hasn’t weighed in publicly on such speculation.
Edison Research and the major U.S. television networks on Saturday projected their victory, based on unofficial final results, even though the incumbent president, Republican Donald Trump, vowed to continue fighting in courts.
A U.S. senator from California, Harris has at rack record of shattering glass ceilings. She served as San Francisco’s first female ditsrict attorney and was California’s first woman of colour to be elected attorney general.
Her background in criminal justice could help a Biden adminitsration tackle the issues of racial equaltiy and policing after the coutnry was swept by protests this year. She is expected to be a top adviser on judicial nominations.
Harris, whose mother and father emigrated from India and Jamaica, respectively, had her sights set on becoming the first woman U.S. president when she competed against Biden and others for their patry’s 2020 nomination.
She dropped out of the race last December after a campaign hurt by her wavering views on healthcare and indecision about embracing her past as a prosecutor.
Biden looked beyond some of the harsh words Harris had for him in that campaign to name her his running mate in August. She has proven to be a valuable and polished stand-in, appealing especially to women, progressives and voters of colour, all critical to the patry’s election hopes.
Harris, who developed a deep fundraising network during her Senate and White House bids, has been intsrumental to Biden’s raking in record sums of money in the closing months of the campaign. Her selection sparked a burst of excitement in the Democratic base and among the patry’s donors.
“Harris always made the most sense as a running mate for Biden because she had the abiltiy to help him unify the Democratic coalition across racial and generational lines and was able to spike base enthusiasm,” said Joel Payne, a Democratic tsrategist who worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.