Biden picks Harris as vice presidential running mate

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August 12, 2020: Joe Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. Biden and Donald Trump won the final presidential primaries of the election cycle.


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Notable Quotes of the Day

“Now Biden’s selection of Harris has lent his campaign a thematic clarity that it didn’t have before. In a year of calamities whose effects have been especially painful in Black communities—the coronavirus pandemic, massive unemployment stemming from enforced shutdowns, and the police killing of George Floyd, in Minneapolis—each of the signal moments of Biden’s campaign has concerned the legacy of the civil-rights movement.”

– Benjamin Wallace-WellsThe New Yorker

“In selecting Harris, Biden has opened the door to the Trump campaign. And Trump should take full advantage. Biden’s alleged moderation means nothing if he is willing to place Kamala Harris one heartbeat from the presidency. Biden’s entire campaign strategy has now been undercut — all in a vain attempt to please the Twitterati, who will remain pleased for precisely seven seconds. Trump should be ecstatic. The race is on. And that’s all on Biden.”

– Ben ShapiroRealClearPolitics

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) as his running mate on Tuesday afternoon. Biden tweeted. “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.” Harris, who suspended her presidential campaign in December 2019, will be the first Black woman on a major party’s ticket.

  • Biden and Harris will deliver remarks from Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday.

  • The Donald Trump campaign responded to Harris’ selection in a statement, saying, “Joe Biden is no moderate, and with Harris as his ‘political living will,’ he is surrendering control of our nation to the radical mob with promises to raise taxes, cut police funding, kill energy jobs, open our borders, and appease socialist dictators.”

  • Biden and Trump won the final presidential primaries of the election cycle in Connecticut on Tuesday night.

  • In interviews on Tuesday, Trump said he would love to hold rallies but could not because of COVID-19 and the visual effect of empty seats in a stadium.

  • Howie Hawkins held a livestream event with Ralph Nader, a former Green and independent presidential candidate.

Flashback: August 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton released her 2015 tax return showing she and President Bill Clinton reported income of $10.7 million and an effective federal tax rate of 34.2 percent.blank

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