Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris as His Running Mate: 'a Fearless Fighter'

The two came face-to-face throughout the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. But the most notable moment was during an emotional exchange about race at a debate last summer, when Harris called out Biden for what she described as his previous stance in the 1970s, opposing mandatory school busing legislation.

(Biden later clarified that he opposed specific types of school busing requirements after the debate, according to The Washington Post.)

While Harris saw a brief polling surge last July, her momentum soon withered and she left the race in December, citing a lack of funds.

Upon suspending her campaign, Harris vowed to "do everything in my power to defeat Donald Trump and fight for the future of our country and the best of who we are.”

She endorsed Biden in March, weeks before the novel coronavirus pandemic caused mass shutdowns across the U.S.

Biden’s running-mate announcement this week comes 84 days before the Nov. 3 election, as the pandemic and nationwide unrest over racial injustice has continued in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in May.

The coronavirus has killed at least 163,000 people in the U.S. and become the defining national issue of 2020.

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