Joe Biden was chosen to be the Democratic candidate to run against President Donald Trump in November. Then he had an important choice to make. Who would be his vice-president?
He made history in August when he chose his running mate, Kamala Harris. If Mr. Biden is elected, Senator Harris will become the first woman and the first person of color to serve as vice-president.
Both Biden and Harris wanted to run for President. At one debate, Harris and Biden exchanged sharp words with each other. But once Biden was chosen, he promised to choose a woman to run with him. He called Harris a “fearless fighter for the little guy.”
Ms. Harris, 55, is a U.S. senator from California. She was the first black woman to serve as the state’s attorney general, or top lawyer. She was elected senator in 2016.
There have been other female candidates for vice-president. Geraldine Ferraro ran in 1984, and Sarah Palin ran in 2008. Both of these women were white. Neither of them were elected.
Harris was born in California, but both of her parents were immigrants. Her father came from Jamaica, and her mother came from India. Joe Biden said that Ms. Harris’s story is “America’s Story.”
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