A good, solid choice that will balance out some of Joe Biden’s own traits.
California’s Sen. Kamala Harris was one of the candidates who went up against Biden last year in the Democratic Presidential race, and eventually dropped out of the race in December 2019.
Harris comes with a wealth of experience, having already been vetted on her own merit on the 2020 stage, with experience in government as both the California attorney general and as a US senator since 2017.
Of course, Harris is also the ideal choice in terms of optics; Biden has publicly committed to choosing a female VP during a debate, and Harris would also become a historic pick as the first Black and South Asian American woman to appear on a party’s national ticket.
What else? Having her base in California essentially assures that the strong Democratic state will vote in their favor. California has long been a solid and reliable blue state for Democratic candidates. She also emerged as a vocal voice for race and police reform, particularly in the wake of George Floyd protests.
She could reinforce Biden’s appeal with Black women, suburban women and women generally who are eager to see themselves reflected in the country’s leadership. However, the choice of Harris as VP may not appeal with the progressive left, also a Democrat voter base, these are typically voters that leaned towards Bernie Sanders in the campaign.
A solid and safe choice will work for Biden, who is making his third run for President and charging ahead of President Trump in every swing state and national polls. Between now and the election date; November 3rd, Biden has to commit to being the safe and reliable choice, a stark contrast to President Trump’s more erratic handling of recent events and the mishandling of the on-going pandemic, where the US reigns with over 5 million cases.