Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for Vice President in a deeply personal address on Wednesday. She emphasized her upbringing by immigrant parents and outlined a vision to join Joe Biden to defeat President Donald Trump in the November elections.
Speaking live from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, Harris shuttled between her own biography, her partnership with Biden, and harsh criticism of Trump for "failure of leadership."
"We are a nation that mourns. Mourning the loss of life, the loss of jobs, the loss of opportunities, the loss of normalcy. And yes, the loss of certainty," she said, citing the coronavirus pandemic .
Harris, a California senator who ran against Biden in the Democratic primary, is the first black woman and first person of Indian descent on a major party ticket.
"In this election, we have a chance to change the course of history," said Harris. "We're all in this fight. You, me and Joe – together."
Read: The full text of Kamala Harris & # 39; speech to the Democratic Convention
Biden will speak in the same location on the last evening of the Congress on Thursday evening.
Biden announced Harris as his colleague on Aug. 11 and selected her over other competitors including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Some on Wall Street
were relieved Harris was selected over more liberal candidates like Warren, who called for stricter rules for banks.
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Still, some see Biden's choice of Harris as "modestly negative" for financial stocks
as she opposed a law deregulating banks, but positive for other industries, including cannabis
Harris is a sponsor of the federal decriminalization of marijuana legislation.
During the primaries, Harris said there was "no question" that she was in favor of banning fracking
and also supported the Green New Deal. She supported Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Bill, but said during her campaign she wanted a role in private health plans. Biden didn't approve of the Green New Deal or Medicare for All.
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In a White House in Biden-Harris, the senator could work on issues such as police reform, a key political issue following the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black, in police custody in May. Harris referred to Floyd's name in her speech and found that the coronavirus had killed a disproportionately large number of people of color.
“It's not a coincidence. It's the effect of structural racism, ”she said.
Trump has tried to paint the Biden Harris ticket so far to the left of center that his campaign is calling this week's events the party's "socialist convention". Trump has accused Harris of being "very strong on the tax hike" and said she was "extremely angry" with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh while questioning him during his 2018 confirmation hearings.
At 55, Harris could one day succeed Biden, who is 77, if he wins the White House this fall. Biden's age raised questions about whether he would hold two terms as president and particularly focus on his choice of a runner-up. Biden said in late April that he saw himself as a "transition candidate" who would have young leaders in his administration.
Victor Reklaitis contributed to this article.