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