Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has reportedly selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to be his running mate.
“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden tweeted. “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”
Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
Last year, Harris said that she believed “women who say they felt uncomfortable after receiving unwanted touching from former Vice President Joe Biden,” The Hill reported.
“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said.
President Donald Trump tweeted out a video a few minutes after the announcement that said, “Kamala Harris ran for president by rushing to the radical left, embracing Bernie’s plan for socialized medicine, calling for trillions in new taxes, attacking Joe Biden for racist policies.”
“Voters rejected Harris, they smartly spotted a phony,” the ad continued. “But not Joe Biden, he’s not that smart. Biden calls himself a ‘transition’ candidate. He is handing over the reigns to Kamala while they jointly embrace the radical left. Slow Joe and Phony Kamala. Perfect together, wrong for America.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2020
Harris later responded to the official announcement by Biden that she had been selected as his running mate.
“@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals,” Harris later said in a tweet. “I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”
.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals.
I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020
“Harris is a full-spectrum progressive who supports a far-left economic, social, and national security agenda,” The Daily Wire reported in an in-depth profile on Harris last year. “She is fiercely defensive of abortion rights, supports curtailing Second Amendment rights, supports single-payer/’Medicare for All’ health insurance, supports marijuana legalization, and favors sanctuary cities and other sovereignty-undermining, pro-amnesty immigration policies.”
The piece highlighted Harris’ following policy stances:
Economy: Harris supports tax hikes on wealthier Americans and subscribes to much of the “zero-sum”/”class warfare”-inspired rhetoric that imbues contemporary leftist economic thinking. She supports expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, which many conservative economic policy wonks would prefer to see phased out and replaced with a low-income wage subsidy. She supports a robust governmental role for regulation of the financial services industry.
Health Care: Harris supports single-payer/”Medicare for All,” which effectively amounts to a governmental takeover of medicine in America. She has called for the total elimination of private health insurance, although she has recently equivocated on total elimination. She has supported legislation that would increase Obamacare subsidies.
Immigration: Harris has vocally supported the criminal alien-harboring sanctuary city policies of her home state of California, and has taken a hard line in support of the DREAM Act and other amnesty legislative initiatives that would undermine America’s sovereignty and empower brutal Mexican cartels and human trafficking rings. She has been a consistently harsh critic of the Trump administration’s attempts to secure our border amidst a hitherto unprecedented influx of Central American migrants.
Foreign Policy: Harris has been relatively supportive of Israel, within the broader context of the increasingly anti-Israel Democratic Party, but she still personally boycotted AIPAC’s 2019 national policy conference. Harris opposed President Donald Trump’s removal of the U.S. from President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal and has consistently voiced opposition to continued military aid for Saudi Arabia, Iran’s chief regional nemesis. She supports a more robust congressional role, and a decreased role for the presidency, in the sphere of foreign relations and military action abroad.
Abortion: Harris is emphatically pro-abortion and supports ending the Hyde Amendment, which has historically banned taxpayer funding of abortion. Harris strongly supports Roe v. Wade and has proposed a dubiously constitutional “Reproductive Rights Act” that would attempt to secure abortion rights via a similar legal mechanism that the 1965 Voting Rights Act utilized to advance voting rights.
Guns: Harris is a consistent supporter of anti-gun policies that would restrict American’s free exercise of their Second Amendment rights. She has promised to unilaterally advance amorphous “executive actions” on guns if she were elected to the presidency. Harris supports a ban on the undefinable sub-class of firearms referred to as so-called “assault weapons” — a line of thought that, if taken to its logical conclusion, could lead to the banning of all semi-automatic firearms in America. Harris has also endorsed 2020 rival Beto O’Rourke’s gun confiscation plan.
This story has been updated to include additional information.