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Kamala Harris picked by Joe Biden as vice-presidential running mate

Joseph R. Biden Jr. has selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate. They will appear together in Delaware on Wednesday afternoon to deliver remarks. They are also supposed to take part in a virtual grass-roots fund-raiser the same evening.

Ms. Harris, 55, is the first person of Indian descent to be picked by a major party. She is also only the fourth woman in history to be chosen for one of their presidential tickets.

Even in India, there is cheer after the announcement of her nomination. Born to a Tamilian mother and Jamaican father, Harris, used to visit Chennai as a child.

She was a district attorney in San Francisco from 2004 to 2011 and the California attorney general from 2011 to 2017. Self-proclaimed as a “progressive prosecutor”, she says that voters can trust her to upend the justice system because she knew it inside out. This will be a crucial element during the election, especially in the aftermath of the racial outcry in the US.

Although she faces skepticism from the left, chances are she will be stern, given her time as a prosecutor.

The criminal justice plan she released during her presidential campaign was laden with several progressive policies that she had objected earlier in her career.

In recent years, she tried to align herself more with the Democratic Party’s left-wing. She has also supported the proposals in raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and revision of the country’s bail system.

In California, she impressed the citizens with her domineering presence and often challenged the Republican nominees during confrontational hearings.      

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