U.S. Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president on Wednesday, becoming the first Black woman and Asian-American on a major U.S. presidential ticket. Harris summarized her life story on the third day of the Democratic National Convention, on an evening that featured women headliners, moderators and speakers. Harris spoke directly to millions of women, young Americans and voters of color, constituencies Democrats need for Biden to defeat President Trump.
The choice of a running mate has bolstered Biden’s chances against Trump. Biden, 77, would be the oldest person to become president if he is elected. His age has led to speculation he will serve only one term, making Harris a potential top contender for the nomination in 2024. Biden named Harris, 55, as his running mate last week to face incumbents Trump, 74, and Vice President Mike Pence, 61.
Former first lady and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee who lost to Trump, said, “This can’t be another woulda coulda shoulda election. No matter what, vote. Vote like our lives and livelihoods are on the line, because they are.”
Others speakers on Day 3 of the DNC were Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who ran against Biden in the 2020 primary.
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