Harris to Deliver Counter to Trump’s Convention Speech, Biden Campaign Says

August 26, 2020 Updated: August 26, 2020

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will deliver a counter-speech to President Donald Trump’s convention address on Aug. 27, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign says.

Harris, the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee, will speak in Washington about issues such as the Trump administration’s alleged “failures to contain COVID-19 and protect working families from the economic fallout,” and the “Biden-Harris plan to contain COVID-19 and build a different path forward in America,” according to the campaign.

Harris will deliver her speech earlier on Aug. 27, while Trump is scheduled to make his address to the Republican convention hours later at the White House.

Harris and Biden both railed against Trump’s leadership at Democratic National Convention last week.

Biden’s campaign didn’t indicate why Harris, instead of Biden, would deliver the remarks. The campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.

Vice presidential nominees are sometimes seen as designated attackers in a general election campaign, theoretically allowing the presidential nominee to remain above personal attacks.

Democrats see Harris as being able to drive excitement among potential black female voters and other minority women.

Trump and his Republican allies have tried to cast Harris as a far-left member of Congress who wants to reshape the Democratic Party.

Before becoming a U.S. senator, Harris was California’s attorney general, and earlier, had served as San Francisco’s district attorney. She made an unsuccessful run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination before bowing out and endorsing Biden.

During the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Aug. 25, First Lady Melania Trump, the keynote speaker of the night, called for Americans to “cherish one another” amid racial unrest in the country in a message of unity.

“Like all of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country,” she said in a televised live address. “It is a harsh reality that we are not proud of parts of our history. I encourage people to focus on our future while still learning from our past.

“We must remember that today we are all one community, comprised of many races, religions, and ethnicities. Our diverse and storied history is what makes our country strong, and yet we still have so much to learn from one another,” she told the nation, while standing before a crowd of about 100 in the White House Rose Garden.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.