On August 11, Biden finally announced Kamala Harris as his partner in this year’s presidential election. Harris will also become the first minority female vice presidential candidate in the history of a major U.S. political party. After the announcement of this decision, the public opinion machine of both parties immediately took action, and the parties generally praised Harris as Biden’s wise choice, while conservative public opinion turned the fire that had focused on Biden to Harris.
Harris’s resume is complete and in line with the traditional image of political elites – graduated from law school, engaged in judicial work for many years, and is now a senator. Speaker Pelosi said of Harris: “she is the best choice for Biden’s partner.”.
before running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, Harris spent her career in the California justice system, starting from a grass-roots position in the district attorney general’s office to the top of California’s attorney general. She has created many firsts: the first female district attorney in San Francisco and the first black female district attorney in California. The public opinion thinks that she has a strong style and prestige in the judicial system, and is the best candidate to lead the judicial reform. But her resume is also a burden, and her comments are mixed. For example, during her time as attorney general, California passed “proposition 47”, which made crimes worth less than $950 not be criminalized as felonies, which was accused of driving up the crime rate in disguise.
Harris has been a senator for less than four years, but his eloquent style has already made the Republican Party “headache”. At the hearing of Trump’s nominated official, cavano was silenced by Harris’s aggressive questioning; at the hearing of the tonguemen investigation report, justice minister Barr was also stumbling by her.
Harris is also a member of several important Senate committees, including the budget committee, the homeland security and government affairs committee, the intelligence ad hoc committee, and the Judiciary Committee. This shows his ability to work and his influence in the Senate.
Harris’s father was a Jamaican, Stanford University economics professor, and her mother was an Indian and cancer expert. They immigrated to the United States in the 1960s. Harris was born in Auckland, California in 1964 and grew up in Berkeley, near San Francisco.
during World War II, a large number of black labor force poured into cities, and gradually formed the phenomenon of white and black people living in different districts, which is called “housing discrimination”. This residential segregation also led to a clear distinction between white and black schools. In order to break down the segregation of children in different schools, the authorities have introduced “desegregation” together.
in 1969, Harris entered the preschool of Thousand Oaks elementary school in Berkeley. The school had just introduced the “anti apartheid school bus” the year before. Before that, 95% of the schools were white children. Harris’s experience of growing up has not been publicly reported, but undoubtedly left a lifelong impression on her, which also triggered the most direct conflict between her and her current partner Biden.
in the 2019 primary debate, Harris criticized Biden for opposing the “school bus policy” in the 1970s: “now do you admit that it was wrong to oppose school bus in those years?” “You know, there was a little girl in California who was a sophomore in a public school and took the school bus to school every day. That little girl is me, “Harris said.
American political commentators generally believe that in the context of anti racial demonstrations and calls for police reform in the United States, Harris will be of great help in increasing the voting rate of African Americans and winning the support of moderate female voters in the suburbs of swing states. Analysis shows that Hillary Clinton lost the election in 2016, to a large extent, because the turnout rate of African Americans did not meet the expectations, especially the three “battlefields” of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Harris’s addition will be an important opportunity to reverse the last mistake.
on the 11th, trump said that he was “surprised” that Biden chose Harris as his partner, but he posted a video advertisement attacking Harris on social media a few hours later, showing that he was prepared.
this advertisement lists Harris’ many “problems”, including: “Harris is radical left, supports Sanders’ socialist health care policy, supports large-scale tax increases, once” attacked “Biden, and so on. The ad also stressed that “Biden considers himself a” transitional figure “with the aim of handing over the baton to Harris” to remind voters to “think twice.”.
the trump campaign’s attack on Harris shows the direction of the Republican election campaign, and also shows that the real “offensive and defensive war” of the US election is fully unfolded. The United States and the Republican Party will hold congresses on August 17 and 24 to formally nominate presidential and vice presidential candidates. At that time, the mutual attacks of the two parties will surely usher in a new wave of climax.