Joe Biden's selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate provides a brand-new target for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign that has struggled to find an effective line of attack against his Democratic rival.
Biden and Harris will appear together and speak in Biden's hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, according to the Biden campaign.
Many see Harris' candidacy as an acknowledgement of the crucial role black voters are likely to play in the November election. Harris wrote on Twitter that Biden could "unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us".
Harris, who at 55 is two decades Biden's junior, could appeal to younger voters and women, particularly those in the suburbs who have been fleeing Trump.
"If he wants to use misogynistic tropes against Kamala Harris, I think that is deeply challenging for him", said Neera Tanden, a top aide to Clinton during her presidential bid.
Biden, whose foundering campaign was rescued by Black voters in South Carolina's primary in February, needs their strong support against Trump.
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Considering his advanced age, Biden might only serve one term - if he wins - and observers predict that he might be paving the way for Harris to become the first female president of the USA of any skin color. Her historic nomination comes at a time when the USA is deeply engaged in a debate about systemic and structural racism. "The more you learn about Kamala Harris, the more you will love her".
"Our family feels happy and I feel happy that my sister, Shyamala, her mother, would have been very happy and proud of her daughter", Harris's maternal uncle Gopalan Balachandran told media outlets in India on Wednesday.
Minutes after Biden's announcement, the Trump campaign launched an ad attacking Harris, painting both her and Biden as "embracing" the "radical left".
But Harris is also a clever choice. She was extraordinarily nasty to Brett Kavanaugh, Judge Kavanaugh then now Justice Kavanaugh. Or do they aim to depress enthusiasm among the Democratic base by arguing Biden and Harris are opportunistic and insufficiently liberal?
In fact, she's more liked by Republicans than Biden, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted on August 10-11, just before she was announced as Biden's pick.
When faced with a choice between Biden and Trump, numerous progressive voters who opposed Harris' presidential candidacy may decide they can live with her as vice president if it means ousting Trump. Harris is scheduled to debate Pence on October 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The former primary rivals will appear at a high school in Biden's DE hometown to discuss their shared vision for how to defeat Trump and then lead the country through a pandemic, its economic fallout and a long-simmering reckoning with systemic racism. There was much speculation he would choose a Black woman to run with him.
Harris had high praise for Biden during a campaign event several weeks ago before she was named as his running mate.
Harris has become a key ally for Biden at a time when race has been thrust to the forefront of the campaign.
At the same time, the campaign said it will also seek to highlight criticism of Harris from the African-American community over her criminal justice record, hoping to drive a wedge between her and the Democratic Party's most loyal constituency.
Her forensic cross-examination of witnesses in Senate hearings is legendary. She would be the first woman to hold that position.
Harris joins the Democratic ticket at a complicated moment in the United States, which remains hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and economic woes while facing protests over police violence and racial injustice. "The biggest thing she brings is high name recognition by virtue of her running for president, the nation got to know her well past year and even her performance in some Senate confirmation hearings elevated her profile", said Ted Johnson, senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.