Biden and New Running Mate Harris to Make First Campaign Appearance

August 12, 2020 Updated: August 12, 2020

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his new running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), will make their first appearance as a ticket on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

The two are scheduled to deliver remarks just days before Biden is presumed to formally accept the Democratic nomination during the party’s national convention, which will take place largely as a virtual event next week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Republican convention, where President Donald Trump will be nominated for a second 4-year term, follows a week later and kicks off a 10-week sprint to the Nov. 3 election.

Harris, 55, the first Asian American to appear on a major-party presidential ticket, was announced as Biden’s choice on Tuesday after a selection process that drew extra scrutiny thanks to Biden’s age.

The 77-year-old would be the oldest president ever if he wins, raising speculation that he would not seek reelection in 2024.

Harris and Biden
Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) take the stage at the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Mich., on July 31, 2019. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

In choosing Harris, Biden selected a former rival for the nomination whose most memorable campaign moment was when she criticized his past position on using busing to integrate schools during a televised debate.

But Harris was regarded as a relatively safe choice. She is a more dynamic campaigner than Biden and will be relied upon to help energize black voters, who represent a crucial constituency for Biden in key swing states.

In recent months, as unrest has convulsed U.S. cities following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Harris has become a prominent voice calling for change. She has marched alongside protesters and pushed legislation to reform policing practices.

Biden, who had vowed to pick a female running mate, had come under increasing pressure to select a black woman.

As a former prosecutor and attorney general, Harris has shown herself to be a sharp questioner in Senate hearings and appears to be well suited to the traditional “attack dog” role that vice presidential candidates are often asked to assume.

By Joseph Ax

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.