November 24, 2020

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Kamala Harris posts first campaign video after being named vice-presidential pick – live

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The Guardian’s Lauren Gambino explains why Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate:

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In its 244 year history, only four women have ever been on either side of a major party’s presidential ticket. With Kamala Harris now set to be the Democratic nominee for president, let’s take a look through history at Harris’s three predecessors:

Sarah Palin was John McCain’s Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008. Palin offered some bipartisan congratulations and advice on navigating a difficult, and often sexist, journey, including to “fight mightily to keep your own team with you”.

[D]on’t get muzzled – connect with media and voters in your own unique way. Some yahoos running campaigns will suffocate you with their own self-centered agenda so remember YOU were chosen for who YOU are. So stay connected with America as you smile and ignore deceptive “handlers” trying to change you.

The @nytimes front page from 36 years agohttps://t.co/0m4cAWJZw9 pic.twitter.com/gnrMavmDJr

I’m thrilled to welcome @KamalaHarris to a historic Democratic ticket. She’s already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader. And I know she’ll be a strong partner to @JoeBiden. Please join me in having her back and getting her elected. pic.twitter.com/cmtOO8Gqqv

“I am not the candidate for Black America, although I am Black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women’s movement of this country, although I am a woman and I’m equally proud of that. I am not the candidate of any political bosses or fat cats or special interests. I stand here now without endorsement from many big name politicians or celebrities or any other kind of prop. I do not intend to offer you the tired and glib cliches that have too long been an accepted part of our political life. I am the candidate of the people of America

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