One of only three female vice presidential picks from a major party in U.S. history, Harris follows Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and New York Rep. Geraldine Ferraro. Palin’s 2008 run and Ferraro’s 1984 campaign both amounted to losses; however, supporters believe that Harris can win.
"I think that it's so great to see a woman of color on the political stage," junior and JSA PR Officer Marissa Dai said.
Biden’s vice presidential search gained prominence when he promised to pick a woman to be his governing partner. Throughout the months leading up to Aug. 10, Biden and his selection team met with and vetted many women and came up with a shortlist of four finalists: former National Security Advisor and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the eventual pick California Sen. Kamala Harris. The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter protests across the U.S. after the killing of Geroge Floyd, brought diversity and race relations to the forefront of American discussion, heightening party leader and Black politicians’ calls for a Black woman on the ticket. Refusing the demand could have been a political suicide for the presumptive Democratic nominee.
“I personally think that she was the best pick for vice president because none of the other candidates had the name recognition or reputation to make a significant impact except for Warren," Dai said.
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