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Joe Biden makes history, introducing his VP choice, Kamala Harris

Joe Biden makes history, introducing his VP choice, Kamala Harris
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thanks for being here. I wish were able to talk to folks outside, but we're keeping our social distancing and playing by the rules. Good afternoon, everyone. May and Teoh com elicit exciting day. It's a great day for our campaign, and it's a great day for America. In my view, over the past several weeks, I've had incredible privilege of meeting and spending a good deal of time with a group of talented women leaders, all of whom were qualified to be president with each one. The more I learned about them, the more I talk to them or impressed I waas. Even I knew that before. I want to thank each and everyone of you for being part of this process. I look forward to working with them as we rebuild this country to get elected and once we are elected, God willing, I approach this with a seriousness of purpose and of mind, because this is a serious moment for our nation. We're at one of those inflection points. You've heard me say that before in our history. Ah, life changing election for this nation in the choice. The choice we make this November is going to decide the future of America for a very, very long time, and I had a great choice. Great opportunities. I had a great choice. But I have no doubt that I picked the right person to join me as an ex vice president, United States of America and that Senator Kamala Harris, you know, And it seems Americans all across this nation, at least at the outset here agree with me. Yesterday we had our best grassroots fund raising day of the campaign, more than double our previous record. And in doing so, we said a single day record for online political fundraising, and I think I know why. So I hope I hope that you will join us as well. Those of you listen today, go to joe biden dot com today. $5.10 dollars Whatever. Camilla, as you all know, is smart. She's tough, She's experienced. She's a proven fighter for the backbone of this country. The middle class for all those who were struggling to get into the middle class, commonly knows how to govern. She knows how to make the hard calls. She's ready to do this job on day one. We're both ready to get to work, rebuilding this nation and building a better as attorney general. Largest state in the country. Com. O took on the big banks over mortgage fraud, and one took on Big Oil. When I wanted to pollute without consequences, she was a pioneer in marriage, equality and tackled the gun lobby. You know, we've all watched in the United States Senate go toe to toe with Trump officials trying to hide the truth. Asking the tough questions need to be asked, and not stopping until she got an answer when none was forthcoming to is obvious. What the answer. Waas. As a member of the Intelligence Committee on the Judiciary Committee, she's been the center in the middle of the most critical national security challenges our country faces well aware, well aware of all the threats to this nation and ready to respond to them as a child of immigrants. She knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up black and Indian American in the United States of America. Her stories, America's story different from mine and many particulars, but also not so different in the essentials. She's worked hard. She's never backed down from a challenge. And she has earned each and every of the accolades and achievements that she has gained, many of them often in the face of obstacles that others put in her way but never quit. And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little black and brown girls who so often feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities. But today, today just maybe, they're seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as the stuff of president and vice presidents in her campaign. In the primary, Camel often talked about what she referred to as the three AM agenda by moms and dads awake late at night in their kitchens, worried, scared, uncertain about how they were going to take care of their families, about how they were going to pay the bills about how they were gonna make it simply make it growing up in Scranton and Claymont, Delaware, I saw that struggle with my family as well, common assault with hers as well, and millions. Americans are living that struggle as we speak, especially in this moment of crises, especially with so many jobs lost. Com Ally. Both. No, that all folks you're looking for is my dad would say, is uneven shot. Just give me a shot, a fair shot, a shot at making it. And it will be the work of our administration to make sure they get a fair shot. Working families need someone on their side in this nation because they certainly don't have anyone in the president now on their side. That's going to change in a Biden Iris administration. It's going to be gratifying to see the strong enthusiast a reaction to Senator Harris as our next vice president. You know, it comes from people all over. The country is already occurring all over the country. All ideological views, all backgrounds, events. Of course, we are predictable. Some of them it comes from all over. Except, of course, from Donald Trump's White House and his allies. You all knew was coming. You could have set your watches to it. Donald Trump has already started his attacks, calling Camilla quote nasty. Why need about how she is quote mean to his appointees? It's no surprise, because whining is what Donald Trump does best better in any president American history. Is anyone surprised? Donald Trump has a problem with strong women or strong women across the board. We know that more is to come. Well, let's be clear. If you're a working person worried about whether or not she'll have a job to go to, would not you be able to pay your mortgage, Pay your rent, worried about the poison in the air? You breathe the water you drink, worried about your civil rights, even your basic right to dignity, which is under attack with this administration. Kamala Harris has had your back, and now we have to have her back. She going to stand with me in this campaign and all of us? We're going to stand up for her on January 20th 2021. We're all gonna watch Senator Harris raise your right hand and swear the oath of office as the first woman ever serve in the second highest office in America in this land. And then we're going to get to work fixing the mess of President Trump and Vice President Pence have created both at home and abroad through four years of mismanagement and coddling of terrorists and thugs around the world. Not only will America dig itself out of this hole, they put us in, we're gonna build, We're gonna build back. We're gonna build back better. We have a public health crisis while he's in court trying to do away with health care. With more than five million reported infections 165,000 people dead and climbing as a consequence of covert 19 and still months later no really leadership our plan from the president, United States, how to get this pandemic under control. No real help for the states and local governments trying to fill the vacuum of leadership from the White House. No real help for Children and educators for small businesses and frontline workers that holding their ones, holding our country together. Instead, he's issuing executive orders and making promises. Then the end will defund the social security system while insisting that this virus will disappear. The Joe Biden and Camilla Iris administration We have a comprehensive plan to meet the challenge of covert 19 and turn the corner on this pandemic masking clear science based guidance dramatically scaling up testing, getting states and local governments of resource is they need to open the schools and business safely. We can do this. We just need a president, a vice president willing to lead and take responsibility. Now is this President says it's not my fault. The government. The governor should thank me more as it all saying goes, Give me a break. We have an economic crisis. More than 16 million Americans, 16 million still out of work Donald Trump is on track to break another record on track to leave office of the worst jobs record of any American president. Modern history. But instead of doing the hard work, a meeting face to face with congressional leaders, Democrats or Republicans in the White House like every other presidents done in a crisis to get Americans the relief they need and deserve, Donald Trump is on the golf course. If I told you this three years ago, you look at me like I was being crazy. He hasn't even met with the leadership. He doesn't have time. It appears we have a climate crisis that Donald Trump refuses to even acknowledge when he thinks about climate change. All here we hear is the word hoax. Biden Harris administration is going to meet the climate crisis. Protect the health of the American public. Along the way, we're gonna deliver one word. Jobs. Good paying jobs with a racial crate. Justice crisis Donald Trump seeks only to inflame it with his politics of racist rhetoric and appeals. The division you know today is not only the day I'm proud. Introduced Senator Kamala Harris is the vice presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. It's also the third anniversary of that terrible day in Charlottesville. Remember? Remember what it felt like to see those neo Nazis close your eyes on those Klansmen? White supremacists coming out of fields carrying lighted torches, faces contorted, bulging veins pouring in the streets of historic American city spewing the same. And I Semitic bio we heard in Hitler's Germany in the thirties. Remember how it felt to see a violent clash in Sioux between those celebrating hate? No standing against it. It was a wake up call for all of us as a country. For May. It was a call to action. My father used to say silence is complicity, not original for him, but he believed it. At that moment, I knew I couldn't stand by and let Donald Trump a man who went on to say when asked about what he thought, he said There were very fine people on both sides. Quote very fine people on both sides. No president, United States, America's ever said any, like seem continued to attack everything that makes America America. I knew we were in the battle for the soul of the nation. That's when I decided to run. I'm proud now tohave Senator Harris at my side in that battle because she shares with the same intensity I do for she someone who knows what's at stake. The question is for all Americans, the answer. Who are we as a nation? What do we stand for? And most importantly, what do we want to be? You know, someone who knows that the future of this country is limited only by the barriers. Replace on our own imaginations because there's nothing Americans cannot achieve what we put our mind to it. We do it together. One of the reasons I chose Kamila is because we both believe that we can define America simply in one word. Possibilities, possibilities. Let me say it again. Possibilities. That's America. That's what sets this nation apart. everyone. Everyone, the ability for everyone we mean everyone to go is far and dream is big as hard work and their God given ability will take them. When I agreed to serve as President Obama's running mate, he asked me number questions as I've has comma. But most important was he said to me what? He asked me what I wanted. Most important, I told him I wanted to be the last person room before he made important decisions. That's what I asked. Camel as common would be the last voice in the room. I always tell me the truth, which she will challenge my assumptions. If she disagrees, ask the hard questions because that's the way we make the best decisions for the American people. I got a chance to spend some time in my home today with Common and Doug. I want to thank them. I thank them, never thank them publicly for Green to join and take this journey with chilling May Doug, you're gonna have to learn what it means to be a barrier breaker yourself. In this job you're about to take on America's 1st 2nd gentleman and all. They're although they're not with us here today. I want to thank Ellen Coal as well. I had a chance to speak to dogs, Mom and Dad and Ellen Coal. And, uh, we're gonna get our kids together. Let him know. What What's coming. My grandchildren are about the age of their Children. Got to speak to them. My campaign has always been a family affair. Every campaign I've run. So I've got some news for you. You're all under a Bidens. And here's the best part. Camilla, You've been honoree Biden for quite some time. You know, I came first to know who. Calm Awas through our son, Beau Biden. They were friends. They served his attorneys general at the same time. It took the same big They took on the same big fights together, common in California. Bo here in Delaware. Big fights. It helped change the entire country. I know how much both respected common in our work, and that matters a lot to me, to be honest with you as I made this decision. So now we need to get to work pulling this nation out of these crises. We find ourselves in getting our economy back on track. You 19 this nation and yes, winning the battle for the soul of America. My fellow Americans, let me introduce to you for the first time your next vice president. United States Comma Harris, Camilla floor is yours. Thank you, Joe. You. Thank you, Joe. As I said, Joe, when you called me I am incredibly honored by this responsibility and I'm ready to get to work. I am ready to get to work. After the most competitive primary in history, the country received a resounding message that Joe was the person to lead us forward. And Joe, I'm so proud to stand with you. And I do so mindful of all the heroic and ambitious women before me whose sacrifice, determination and resilience makes my presence here today even possible. This is a moment of riel consequence for America. Everything we care about our economy, our health, our Children, the kind of country we live in. It's all on the line. We're reeling from the worst public health crisis in a century. The president's mismanagement of the pandemic has plunged us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and we're experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice. that has brought a new coalition of conscience to the streets of our country demanding change. America is crying out for leadership. Yet we have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him, a president who is making every challenge we face even more difficult to solve. But here's the good news. We don't have to accept the failed government of Donald Trump and Mike Pence in just 83 days. We have a chance to choose a better future for our country. So, Joe Dr Biden, thank you for the trust you placed in me. Jill. I know you will be an incredible first lady, and my husband, Doug and I are so grateful, grateful to become a part of your extended family. And ever since I received Joe's call, I've been thinking yes, about the first Biden that I really came to know. And that, of course, is Joe's beloved son, one of his beloved sons, Beau. In the midst of the great recession, Bo and I spoke on the phone practically every day, sometimes multiple times a day, working together to win back billions of dollars for homeowners from the big banks of the nation that were foreclosing on people's homes. And let me just tell you about Beau Biden. I learned quickly that Bo was the kind of guy who inspired people to be a better version of themselves. He really was the best of us. And when I would ask him, Where did you get that? Where this come from? He'd always talk about his dad, and I will tell you the love that they shared was incredible tow watch. It was the most beautiful display of the love between a father and a son. And Bo talked about how Joe would spend four hours every day riding the rails back and forth from Wilmington to Washington so he could make breakfast for his kids in the morning and make it home in time to tuck them in bed each night. All of this So two little boys who had just lost their mom and their sister in a tragic accident would know that the world was still turning. And that's how I came to know Joe. He's someone who's first response. When things get tough, is never to think about himself, but to care for everyone else. He's someone who never asks, Why is this happening to me? And instead asks, What can I do to make life better for you? His empathy, his compassion, his sense of duty to care for others is why I am so proud to be on this ticket and Joe and I yes, we are cut from the same cloth. Family is everything to me, too. And I cannot wait for America to get to know my husband, Doug, and are amazing kids. Colon. Ella Because whether I'm cheering in the bleachers at a swim meet or setting up a college room dorm or helping my God daughter prepare for her school debate are building Legos with my God son or hugging my two baby nieces or cooking dinner Sunday dinner. My family means everything to me, and I've had a lot of titles over my career, and certainly vice president will be great. But Mama Leah will always be the one that means the most, and, you know, my mother and father. They came from opposite sides of the world to arrive in America, one from India and the other from Jamaica in search of a world class education. But what brought them together was the civil rights movement of the 19 sixties. And that's how they met as students in the streets of Oakland, marching and shouting for this thing called Justice in a struggle that continues today. And I was part of it. My parents would bring me to protests strapped tightly in my stroller and my mother, Shamila. I raised my sister, Maya and me to believe that it was up to us and every generation of Americans to keep on marching. She tell us, don't sit around and complain about things. Do something. So I did something I devoted my life to making Riel the words carved in the United States Supreme Court, Equal justice under law. And 30 years ago, I stood before a judge for the first time, breathe deep and uttered the phrase that would that would truly guide my career and the rest of my career. Camilla Harris, for the people, the people, That's why represented his district attorney fighting on behalf of victims who needed help. The people. That's who I fought for as California's attorney general, when I took on transnational criminal organizations who traffic in guns and drugs and human beings And it's the people who I have fought for as a United States senator, where I've worked every day, toe, hold, trump officials accountable to the American people. And the people are who Joe and I will fight for every day in the White House. And let me tell you somebody who has presented my fair share of arguments in court. The case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut. Just look where they've gotten us more than 16 million out of work. Millions of kids who cannot go back to school. A crisis of poverty, of homelessness afflicting black, brown and indigenous people the most. A crisis of hunger afflicting one in five mothers who have Children that are hungry and tragically more than 165,000 lives that have been cut short, many with loved ones who never got the chance to say goodbye. It didn't have to be this way. Six years ago, in fact, we had a different health crisis. It was called Ebola, and we all remember that pandemic. But you know what happened then? Barack Obama and Joe Biden did their job Onley to people in the United States died, too. That is what's called leadership. But compare that to the moment we find ourselves in. Now, when other countries are following the science, Trump pushed miracle cures he saw on Fox News. While other countries were flattening the curve, he said, the vice would just poof go away, quote like a miracle. So when other countries opened back up for business, what did we do? We had to shut down again. This virus has impacted almost every country, but there's a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It's because of Trump's failure to take it seriously from the start, his refusal to get testing up and running his flip flopping on social distancing and wearing masks, his delusional belief that he knows better than the experts. All of that is reason and the reason that in American dies of covert 19 every 80 seconds, it's why countless businesses have had to shut their doors for good. It's why there is complete chaos over when and how to reopen our schools. Mothers and fathers are confused and uncertain and angry about child care and the safety of their kids at school, whether they will be in danger if they go or fall behind if they don't trumped is also the reason millions of Americans are now unemployed. He inherited the longest economic expansion in history from Barack Obama and Joe Biden. And then, like everything else he inherited, he ran it straight into the ground. Because of Trump's failures of leadership, our economy has taken one of the biggest hits out of all the major industrialized nations with an unemployment rate that has tripled as of today. This is what happens when we elect the guy who just isn't up for the job. Our country ends up in tatters and so does our reputation around the world. But let's be clear. This election isn't just about defeating Donald Trump or Mike Pence. It's about building this country back better. And that's exactly what Joe and I will do will create millions of jobs and fight climate change through a clean energy revolution. Bring back critical supply chains so the future is made in America. Build on the affordable care act so everyone has a peace of mind that comes with health insurance and finally offer caregivers the dignity, the respect and the pay they deserve will protect a woman's right to make her own decisions about her own body, root out systemic racism in our justice system and pass a new Voting Rights Act, a John Lewis Voting Rights Act that will ensure every voice is heard and every voice is counted. The civil rights struggle is nothing new to Joe. It's why he got into public surface. It's why he helped reauthorized the Voting Rights Act and restore unemployment discrimination and employment discrimination laws. And today he takes his place in the ongoing story of America's march toward equality and Justice is on Lee as the only as the only who has served alongside the first black president and has chosen the first black woman as his running mate. But as Joe always points out, this election is about more than politics. It's about who we are as a country, and I'll admit, over the past four years there have been moments when I have truly worried about our future. But whenever I think that there is a reason for doubt, whenever I have had my own doubts, I think of you, the American people, the doctors and nurses and frontline workers who are risking your lives to save others. The truck drivers and the workers in grocery stores in factories and farms, working there, putting your own safety on the line to help us get through this pandemic. The women and students taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers. The dreamers and immigrants who know that families belong together. The LGBT Q. Americans who know that love is love, people of every age and color and creed who are finally declaring in one voice that, yes, black lives matter. All across this country, a whole new generation of Children is growing up, hearing the cries for justice and the chance of hope on which I was raised, some strapped into strollers of their own. And trust me, it's a song you'll never forget. So to everyone keeping up the fight, you are doing something. You are doing something great. You are the heroes of our time, and you are the reason I know we are going to bring our country closer to realizing it's great promise. But to do it, we'll need to work, organize and vote like never before because we need more than a victory. On November 3rd, we need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be. Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot, and it's true. When he saw what happened in Charlottesville three years ago today, he knew we were in a battle for the soul of our nation and together with your help. That's a battle we will win. Earlier this year I said, I do whatever Joe asked me to do, And so now I'm asking you to do the same. So visit Joe biden dot com to get involved in this campaign and vote, because electing Joe Biden is just the start of the work ahead of us, and I couldn't be prouder to be by his side running to represent you. The people, Thank you, and may God bless the United States of America.
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Joe Biden makes history, introducing his VP choice, Kamala Harris
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris pushed past their one-time political rivalry to deliver an aggressive attack on the character and performance of President Donald Trump in their historic first appearance as running mates.The physical debut of the Democratic ticket on Wednesday was without parallel in recent political annals. The coronavirus prevented Biden and Harris from appearing before the large, adoring crowd that typically greets a presidential nominee and his or her running mate. Instead, they spoke in a mostly empty high school gym where reporters nearly outnumbered campaign aides and the candidates' family members.While the pandemic made a traditional campaign rollout impossible, it gave Biden and Harris a setting to emphasize their criticism of Trump as unable to contend with the most severe public health crisis in a century. Harris was particularly sharp in her condemnation of the administration.“The case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut,” Harris said. “This virus has impacted almost every country. But there’s a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It’s because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start.”She added: “This is what happens when we elect a guy who just isn’t up for the job.”Harris is the first Black woman on a major party's presidential ticket, and she and Biden noted the historical significance.“This morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up — especially little Black and brown girls, who so often feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities. But today, today, just maybe, they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way,” Biden said.Harris, who is also of South Asian descent, noted the “heroic and ambitious women before me, whose sacrifice, determination and resilience make my presence here today even possible.”For his part, Trump has struggled to land on a coherent message about the Biden-Harris ticket, casting the Democrats as simultaneously too liberal for America and yet not progressive enough for their party's base. Trump has resorted to sexist and racist criticism, referring to Harris as “nasty” and tweeting that “the ‘suburban housewife' will be voting for me” to keep neighborhoods safe.He also noted the two Democrats' disagreements during the primary campaign last year.“She said horrible things about him," Trump said Wednesday. "She mocked him, openly mocked him. That’s why I thought that was a very risky pick. Because I’m sure that will be played back.”But onstage in Wilmington, Biden and Harris showed clear affection toward one another. He called his running mate an “honorary Biden," and Harris offered a poignant tribute to his son Beau, whom she was friends with when both served as state attorneys general. Biden seemed overcome with emotion as Harris spoke of Beau, who died in 2015, as “the best of us” and a man who modeled himself after his father.She signaled that she’ll offer a vigorous defense of Biden’s qualifications on issues of race and civil rights, though she made headlines for assailing him for his past opposition to federally mandated busing during a primary debate.Noting Biden's own vice presidency under President Barack Obama, she said he “takes his place in the ongoing story of America’s march towards equality and justice” as the only person “who’s served alongside the first Black president and has chosen the first Black woman as his running mate.”Biden’s choice of Harris brought more than just historical weight to the ticket — it also provided a big fundraising boost for the campaign. He announced at a later online fundraiser that the campaign raised $26 million in the 24 hours since she was announced, with 150,000 people giving for the first time.Still, the day was not without its challenges. The main event started an hour late, and the gymnasium in which the candidates spoke lost its air conditioning after a power outage hit the area. While most of the cable news networks took the event live, the online livestream cut out just a few minutes into Biden’s remarks.The appearance was the first in a rollout that Biden aides say blends the historic nature of Harris’ selection with the realities of the 2020 campaign and the gravity of the nation’s circumstances, which include the pandemic and its dramatic economic fallout.Harris was considered a favorite throughout Biden’s search, and she’s been a regular surrogate campaigner and fundraiser for him since he became the presumptive nominee.They’ll nonetheless have to paper over differences exposed during the primary campaign, from Harris’ initial support for a single-payer health insurance system and the Green New Deal to her deeply personal debate-stage broadside against Biden over his opposition to federally mandated busing to integrate public schools in the 1970s.Harris no longer supports a single-payer health insurance system, aligning instead with Biden’s proposal to add a public insurance option to compete alongside private plans. Still, she memorably raised her hand during one Democratic primary debate when candidates were asked whether they could back a system that scrapped private health insurance altogether.She has broadly endorsed the Green New Deal, progressives’ most ambitious set of proposals to combat climate change, but she didn’t make that an anchor of her presidential bid. Biden has moved left on his climate proposals during the 2020 campaign but has not fully embraced the Green New Deal.In Washington, Harris has advocated overhauling the criminal justice system, intensifying her efforts since George Floyd’s killing by a white Minneapolis police officer in May. And she’s called for sweeping domestic programs to benefit the working and middle class. But she has taken heat for some of her aggressive stances as a local prosecutor in the San Francisco area and for not prosecuting bank executives in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse.Biden bets that, on balance, Harris has broad appeal that will shore up any weaknesses with Black women, an anchor of the Democratic Party, and other voters of color, while juicing turnout among white liberals and coaxing support from independents and Republican-leaning white voters who have soured on Trump.___Barrow reported from Atlanta. Associated Press writer Aamer Madhani in Washington contributed to this report.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris pushed past their one-time political rivalry to deliver an aggressive attack on the character and performance of President Donald Trump in their historic first appearance as running mates.

The physical debut of the Democratic ticket on Wednesday was without parallel in recent political annals. The coronavirus prevented Biden and Harris from appearing before the large, adoring crowd that typically greets a presidential nominee and his or her running mate. Instead, they spoke in a mostly empty high school gym where reporters nearly outnumbered campaign aides and the candidates' family members.

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While the pandemic made a traditional campaign rollout impossible, it gave Biden and Harris a setting to emphasize their criticism of Trump as unable to contend with the most severe public health crisis in a century. Harris was particularly sharp in her condemnation of the administration.

“The case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut,” Harris said. “This virus has impacted almost every country. But there’s a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It’s because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start.”

She added: “This is what happens when we elect a guy who just isn’t up for the job.”

Harris is the first Black woman on a major party's presidential ticket, and she and Biden noted the historical significance.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden listens as his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden listens as his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. 

“This morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up — especially little Black and brown girls, who so often feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities. But today, today, just maybe, they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way,” Biden said.

Harris, who is also of South Asian descent, noted the “heroic and ambitious women before me, whose sacrifice, determination and resilience make my presence here today even possible.”

For his part, Trump has struggled to land on a coherent message about the Biden-Harris ticket, casting the Democrats as simultaneously too liberal for America and yet not progressive enough for their party's base. Trump has resorted to sexist and racist criticism, referring to Harris as “nasty” and tweeting that “the ‘suburban housewife' will be voting for me” to keep neighborhoods safe.

He also noted the two Democrats' disagreements during the primary campaign last year.

“She said horrible things about him," Trump said Wednesday. "She mocked him, openly mocked him. That’s why I thought that was a very risky pick. Because I’m sure that will be played back.”

But onstage in Wilmington, Biden and Harris showed clear affection toward one another. He called his running mate an “honorary Biden," and Harris offered a poignant tribute to his son Beau, whom she was friends with when both served as state attorneys general. Biden seemed overcome with emotion as Harris spoke of Beau, who died in 2015, as “the best of us” and a man who modeled himself after his father.

She signaled that she’ll offer a vigorous defense of Biden’s qualifications on issues of race and civil rights, though she made headlines for assailing him for his past opposition to federally mandated busing during a primary debate.

Noting Biden's own vice presidency under President Barack Obama, she said he “takes his place in the ongoing story of America’s march towards equality and justice” as the only person “who’s served alongside the first Black president and has chosen the first Black woman as his running mate.”

Biden’s choice of Harris brought more than just historical weight to the ticket — it also provided a big fundraising boost for the campaign. He announced at a later online fundraiser that the campaign raised $26 million in the 24 hours since she was announced, with 150,000 people giving for the first time.

Still, the day was not without its challenges. The main event started an hour late, and the gymnasium in which the candidates spoke lost its air conditioning after a power outage hit the area. While most of the cable news networks took the event live, the online livestream cut out just a few minutes into Biden’s remarks.

The appearance was the first in a rollout that Biden aides say blends the historic nature of Harris’ selection with the realities of the 2020 campaign and the gravity of the nation’s circumstances, which include the pandemic and its dramatic economic fallout.

Harris was considered a favorite throughout Biden’s search, and she’s been a regular surrogate campaigner and fundraiser for him since he became the presumptive nominee.

They’ll nonetheless have to paper over differences exposed during the primary campaign, from Harris’ initial support for a single-payer health insurance system and the Green New Deal to her deeply personal debate-stage broadside against Biden over his opposition to federally mandated busing to integrate public schools in the 1970s.

Harris no longer supports a single-payer health insurance system, aligning instead with Biden’s proposal to add a public insurance option to compete alongside private plans. Still, she memorably raised her hand during one Democratic primary debate when candidates were asked whether they could back a system that scrapped private health insurance altogether.

She has broadly endorsed the Green New Deal, progressives’ most ambitious set of proposals to combat climate change, but she didn’t make that an anchor of her presidential bid. Biden has moved left on his climate proposals during the 2020 campaign but has not fully embraced the Green New Deal.

In Washington, Harris has advocated overhauling the criminal justice system, intensifying her efforts since George Floyd’s killing by a white Minneapolis police officer in May. And she’s called for sweeping domestic programs to benefit the working and middle class. But she has taken heat for some of her aggressive stances as a local prosecutor in the San Francisco area and for not prosecuting bank executives in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse.

Biden bets that, on balance, Harris has broad appeal that will shore up any weaknesses with Black women, an anchor of the Democratic Party, and other voters of color, while juicing turnout among white liberals and coaxing support from independents and Republican-leaning white voters who have soured on Trump.

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Barrow reported from Atlanta. Associated Press writer Aamer Madhani in Washington contributed to this report.