Joe Biden made it official just moments ago. Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate. According to Axios, “Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate, the first Black woman to be named to a major-party U.S. presidential ticket, and potentially the first woman vice president if Biden defeats President Trump.”

The question now turns to whether the Harris pick will help the Biden-Harris ticket with African-American voters or if it’ll hurt the ticket. This Vox article, first published on Jan. 23, 2019, was updated today to reflect Biden’s picking of Sen. Harris as his running mate. The original article, though, was about Harris’s record as California’s Attorney General. According to the article, “A close examination of Harris’s record shows it’s filled with contradictions. She pushed for programs that helped people find jobs instead of putting them in prison, but also fought to keep people in prison even after they were proved innocent. She refused to pursue the death penalty against a man who killed a police officer, but also defended California’s death penalty system in court. She implemented training programs to address police officers’ racial biases, but also resisted calls to get her office to investigate certain police shootings.”

This is a major issue within the Democratic Party. It’s a major problem with this ticket. Biden was the chief author of the 1994 Crime Bill. Then-State Attorney Gen. Harris was ordered by a judge to release prisoners who were determined by the courts to have been not guilty of the crime they were convicted of.

Opposite the Biden-Harris ticket is the Trump-Pence ticket. Trump-Pence passed the First Step Act, the first bill to correct the mistakes made in the Biden 1994 Crime Bill. Check out Alice Marie Johnson’s reaction to the signing of that bill:

The biggest speculation before today’s announcement was that Biden’s running mate would shoulder the load of doing the majority of interviews. That sounds nice but it isn’t related to the truth. People want to size up the presidential candidates. Further, whatever Sen. Harris says during confrontational interviews will reflect back on the entire ticket.

If she goes as radical as the activists want, she’ll hurt the ticket with moderates. If she isn’t willing to go hardline for the activists, the activists won’t turn out to vote. Honestly, the race just got more entertaining for me. I’m popping the popcorn and opening a beer. All Y’all are invited to my home to watch this unfold.

2 Responses to “Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate”

  • Chad Q says:

    Why would Harris help get the black vote? She isn’t of African decent that I know of. If I were black, I’d scoff at voting for the ticket because it wasn’t who was best, it was who had darker skin and the XX chromosome. Of course I’d also be licking my wounds from 8 years of a black president who did nothing for me but that’s a topic for another time.

  • eric z says:

    Biden’s choice. Bless the two of them. Each ticket, a pair career politicians. Trump did his prior politics from the private sector, but each ticket, a pair of career politicians. Little else to say.

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