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What is Kamela Harris' background and history and why was she chosen to be Vice President?

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago
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    Harris was born in 1964.  Her father, Donald Harris is an economics professor at Stanford University who emigrated to the US from Jamaica.  Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan was a breast cancer researcher who emigrated from India.  Harris attended the Howard University where she got a BA in political science and then got her law degree from the University of California.  Harris began working in the Alameida County District Attorney's office.  In 1998 she was recruited to work in the San Francisco DA's office.  In 2003, Harris ran for San Francisco DA and won.  In 2010 she ran for Attorney General of California, a race she also won.  Serving during the Great Recession, she worked with, and became friends with, the Attorney General of Maryland, Beau Biden.  Harris was beginning to become a talked about figure in Democratic politics.  In 2016 she ran for the Senate seat vacated by Barbara Boxer.  In the Senate she became known for her tough questioning, especially during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  In 2019 she announced a run for President.  She had a massive rally in her home town of San Francisco kicking off the campaign but she failed to gain much traction and dropped out before any votes were cast. 

    I think Biden picked her for a couple of reasons.  Long ago he had committed to picking a woman to offset him being an old white male, a class of people whose political dominance has become increasingly criticized by the party.  There was also increasing pressure for him to pick a woman of color, and particularly a black woman.  (His campaign was considering at least three other black women in their final round: former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Congresswomen Val Demmings and Karen Bass).  African Americans are a key Democratic base group and one reason that Clinton lost was that they didn't turn out in quite the same numbers for her as they had for Obama.  African Americans were also instrumental in saving Joe Biden's campaign.  In February of this year it looked like his campaign might fail after he finished a distant 3rd in Iowa and 4th in New Hampshire.  But when the race moved to South Carolina, things completely changed.  Black voters there overwhelmingly backed Biden, giving him a huge win.  Most of the other candidates in the race dropped out in rapid succession, allowing Biden to consolidate their support behind him and defeat Sanders, who until then had looked like the front runner.  Picking an African American woman helps reward them for their loyalty and hopefully energize them.   In addition to demographic and electoral considerations there was a personal one.  Biden had a close relationship with President Obama when he was Vice President and he's said that he wanted a nominee with whom he could have a similarly close relationship.  Harris gives him that.  They've known each other for years and, as I already said, she was friends with his son Beau.  Even though Harris launched a fairly personal attack on him during the primary they're apparently still close. 

  • 5 months ago

    cause biden liked her

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Juris Doctor, California AG, US senator. Now tell me what qualifies Trump to be potus?

  • 5 months ago

    She was the attorney general of California and then became a senator.  All the details are all over the Internet.

    Biden picked her probably because she's a good speaker, very articulate, and she knows what she's talking about.

    Republicans are already calling her a communist/socialist/marxist/fascist.  But she's not even a liberal.  As AG she was very strong on 'law and order'.

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  • 5 months ago

    Dr. Kamala Harris has a highly successful LAW AND ORDER career as a senator and prosecuting attorney.  In short, CRIMINALS LIKE TRUMP FEAR HER!

    Read about her yourself:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    She is a lawyer who made her way up the ranks to be the District Attorney before she became a senator.  She knows American law, which makes for a good law maker.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Senator, lawyer, district attorney, accounting, etc.

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