Washington: Kamala Harris is about to become the dual dream of an American Democrat: to become the first female vice president of the United States and end Donald Trump’s turbulent reign.
Harris entered the November 3 election, which has repeated the pioneers’ first black attorney general in California’s history, and was elected the first South Asian woman in the US Senate.
However, winning the position of vice president is America’s leading heartbeat. It will be the most significant obstacle she has overcome so far and a stepping stone to win the highest award.
Biden is expected to have a 77-year term of office, so Harris is expected to win the Democratic presidential nomination in four years from now.
As the first female president of the United States, this may give her more historical creativity.
“My mother raised me to see what could be, unburdened by what has been,” Harris, 56, wrote on Twitter.
Since becoming Biden’s running mate in August, she has criticized President Donald Trump for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as racism, the economy, and the president’s chaotic handling of immigration.
Harris was born as an American immigrant-her father is from Jamaica, and her mother is from India-to some extent, their lives and her own life embody the American dream.
She was born in Oakland, California on October 20, 1964, when she was the center of civil rights and anti-war activities.
Her black Howard University diploma in Washington history was the beginning of a steady rise in 2010 from the prosecutor, two election terms for the San Francisco District Attorney, and then the California Attorney General.
However, Harris’s self-description as a “progressive prosecutor” has been seized upon by critics who say she fought to uphold wrongful convictions and opposed certain reforms in California, like a bill requiring that the attorney general probe shootings involving police.
“Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent,” law professor Lara Bazelon wrote in The New York Times last year.
However, Harris’ work is the key to building a platform and image, and she launched a successful Senate election in 2016, becoming the second black female senator ever.
Her status as the attorney general also helped her keep in touch with Biden’s son Bo, who held the same position in Delaware and died of cancer in 2015 at the age of 46.
“I know how much Beau respected Kamala and her work, and that mattered a lot to me, to be honest with you, as I made this decision,” Biden said during his first appearance with Harris as running mates.
A veteran campaigner, Harris oozes charisma but can quickly pivot from her megawatt smile to her prosecutorial persona of relentless interrogation and cutting retorts.
Clips went viral of her sharp questioning in 2017 of then-attorney general Jeff Sessions during a Capitol Hill hearing on Russia.
“I’m not able to be rushed this fast! It makes me nervous,” an exasperated Sessions replied at one point.
Harris also clashed with Biden in the first Democratic debate, condemning the former senator for opposing the bus plan that forced the integration of apartheid schools in the 1970s.
“There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public school, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.”
The conflict did not stop him from choosing Harris, who brought that kind of energetic energy to Biden’s carefully managed campaign.
In the only debate with Vice President Mike Pence, Harris raised his hand when trying to interrupt her.
“Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking. I’m speaking,” she said with a glare, silencing Pence.
Within a few hours of the debate, T-shirts with her words will be sold online.