Nine things to know about Kamala Harris, the candidate for the vice-presidency of Joe Biden

Neuf choses à savoir sur Kamala Harris, la candidate à la vice-présidence de Joe Biden

Tuesday afternoon, Joe Biden announced that the senator of 55 years, Kamala Harris will be the one that will help to challenge Donald Trump to the polls on 3 November, a landmark decision after many calls that he will pick a colistière black since the protest movement also historic against racism and police violence.

“I have the great honor to announce that Kamala Harris, a veteran fighter committed to the courageous defence of the popular classes and one of the greatest servants of the State, will be my colistière”, has tweeted the democrat of 77 years.

But who is Kamala Harris?

Here are 9 things to know about the candidate to the vice-presidency.

1. She is the first woman of color to be considered for the position of vice-president.

It is only the third woman to achieve this position, after Sarah Palin (2008) and Geraldine Ferraro (1984).


2. She has served two terms as attorney general of California, between 2011 and 2017.

The one who has a background in law was becoming the first woman, but also the first black person to lead the ministry of Justice of the american State is the most densely populated.


3. In spite of this roadmap, it is said to have been hard, and lacking in leadership.

In 2004, it was opposed to the relaxation of the minimum penalties, it has, nevertheless, assured its willingness to reform when she campaigned last year for the nomination for democratic party.

In 2010, she had even laughed at a question on the legalisation of cannabis, an issue emblematic in California, which has come to adopt it in 2018.

“In California, Kamala Harris had the reputation of a prosecutor who was waiting rather than showed the way, who wouldn’t budge on the controversial subjects that, when she saw that they were politically viable”, summarized the last month the daily Sacramento Bee.

Across the nation, some black voters and progressives resented his hardness. As a prosecutor, she has taken a number of decisions punitive against small offences, such as possession of drugs, which, according to its critics, primarily affected minorities.

In 2015, it did not take a position on a legislative proposal to make systematic independent investigations in cases of”use of deadly force” by a police officer.

“It is perceived by some, especially among black youth, as part of the problem, not the solution”, was then warden David Barker, a professor of political science at the American University.


4. His arrival in the Senate has made history.

In January 2017, she became the second senator black of the history of the country.


5. She could replace Joe Biden during his tenure.

The fragile health of the aspiring president is not a secret. He himself has suggested that his vice-president, in this case Harris, could become the candidate of democratic party for the presidency in 2024. It could even be called to replace him in office if he has serious health problems or dies.


6. Trump has (almost) complimented.

In July, the president, who usually give to heart joy to criticize his political opponents, had said that it would make “a good choice” for Joe Biden.

It is well resumed Tuesday during a conference at the White House, saying it was “surprised” that choice “because she was very poor” during the democratic primary.


7. During the primaries, she did not hesitate to attack Biden.

During a debate in June 2019, it has been criticized Biden has long opposed the desegregation of schools in urban areas. It has also attacked on the his relations with senators in favor of segregation.

Regardless, it finally gave its official support in march 2020, a few months after quitting the nomination race due to a lack of financial support.


8. She shared a special relationship with the deceased son of Joe.

One of the sons of Joe Biden, Beau, has worked closely with Harris before he died of cancer of the brain, may 30, 2015.

He was attorney general of Delaware at the same time that Harris was working at the same job in California.

Together, they have established a game plan in order to bring to justice the american banks responsible for the scandal in foreclosures that has hit the United States in 2010.

She regarded him as a close friend and as a colleague exceptional.

For this reason, she has developed a relationship very friendly with Joe Biden over the years, like many of the members of the entourage of the democratic candidate have entrusted to CNN.


9. She did her secondary studies in… in Montreal!

She has graduated from Westmount High in 1981.

– With information from Agence France-Presse

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