Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) โ€” Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party's presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. "I have the great honor to announce that I've picked @KamalaHarris โ€” a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country's finest public servants โ€” as my running mate," Biden tweeted. In a text message to supporters, Biden said, "Together, with you, we're going to beat Trump." Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks today in Wilmington.

Biden, who spent eight years as President Barack Obama's vice president, has spent months weighing who would fill that same role in his White House. He pledged in March to select a woman as his vice president, easing frustration among Democrats that the presidential race would center on two white men in their 70s. Biden's search was expansive, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leading progressive, Florida Rep. Val Demings, whose impeachment prosecution of Trump won plaudits, California Rep. Karen Bass, who leads the Congressional Black Caucus, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, whose passionate response to unrest in her city garnered national attention.

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