Kamala Harris: Helping or Hurting Biden’s Chances?

Written By Logan Dubil

August 11, 2020 is the date in which—presumptive, at the time, Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden announced the name of his running mate to the country: a decision that will either help or hurt his chances of moving into The White House next January. 

“I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,” wrote Biden in an email officially announcing his pick. 

From the beginning of Biden’s Vice President selection process, he made it clear that a woman would be chosen to serve with him if he were to win the 2020 Presidential Election, a promise  he did not break, though a decision that ended up negatively affecting his campaign. 

Harris is a candidate with a few pros here  that are outweighed with a dense cons list, making her a poor choice to help elect Biden this coming November. 

Starting with the pros, Harris’ name is already well known, but is she known for the right reasons? Harris was one of the many failed presidential campaigns to take place in this year’s election season. “Kamala Harris for the people” ended up being a low-energy movement attempting to obtain the White House residency, which is why the campaign was a disaster. 

“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” Harris wrote when she dropped out of the race. “But I want to be clear with you: I am still very much in this fight.” 

A lack of funds correlates with a lack of interest, therefore, Harris’ campaign ended early. This being said, why was the Biden campaign attracted to her? There are stronger options out there, such as Democratic drop-out candidate Elizabeth Warren. The Warren campaign was able to do something the Harris campaign was unable to do . . . obtain interest. Yes, Warren also dropped out of the 2020 Presidential Race, but she received 63 delegates—63 more than Harris did. Though, if Biden wanted to seem in touch with the Black Lives Matter movement, Warren would have been a poor choice. Still, even among Black Lives Matter activists, the choice of Harris has proven controversial given her actions as California’s Attorney General. 

A position that high should be filled based on experience, not race and gender, but Joe Biden obviously upheld a different mindset. 

To be fair, Harris has experience in one specific category: She is highly hypocritical. 

Before Harris accepted the spot as Biden’s Vice-Presidential candidate, she was not his biggest fan. Actually, Harris was very vocal about her dislike towards Biden. She is on record saying: :

“There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day, and that little girl was me.” (Harris to Biden during the Democratic debates).

“I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.” (Harris referring to Biden’s accusers).

It is a shame that Harris was so open to accepting Biden’s offer, ignoring the fact that Biden has said and done things to hurt and offend her. 

At the end of the day, Harris needs to step up to the plate and focus on her past accomplishments as a senator and, ironically, her long career in law enforcement. If she continues to use the race and gender card, President Trump will be handed another four years in the White House. 

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