Why Did Joe Biden Choose Kamala Harris?

Joe Biden expects to win the White House. With some polls putting him at 16 points ahead nationally, the election could be a runaway victory for the long-time public servant.

One way he decided to shore up his campaign was to select Kamala Harris as his running mate. Not only is Harris one of only a handful of women nominated to a major party ticket, but she is also one of the few to campaign to become the president.

Several advantages were already in her favor when Biden needed to select a running mate.

  • She was already vetted nationally because of her unsuccessful bid to capture the Democratic nomination.
  • Biden is 78 years old, while Harris is only 55 – and looks more like she’s in her early 40s.
  • She comes from California, which provides a significant number of delegates to the Electoral College.
  • Harris is outspoken on racial issues and societal equality.
  • She doesn’t have any ties to the Michael Flynn meetings, the attacks in Benghazi, or remnants of the Obama Administration.

Although Harris is the first woman with South Asian and African-American heritage to appear on a national ticket, those traits don’t stand out as much as her qualifications as a prosecutor and legal professional.

Biden Is on His Third Run for President

Kamala Harris might be seen as a safe pick for the VP nomination, but that quality is what Biden needs for the 2020 campaign.

He wants to avoid the 2016 issues where Clinton was always on defense. Trying to get into a battle of words with Trump is like attempting to build a house in quicksand. Biden wants to focus on issues, societal change, and restoring America’s name internationally.

By taking those steps, he can distinguish his campaign from what Trump offers. 

Biden chose Harris to maximize his chances. It is the selection that a confident candidate would make.

Presidential Elections That Are Happening This Fall

Everyone knows that the United States has its next presidential election in 2020. This four-year cycle is continuous, making it a unique transfer of power that shows how effective democracy can be.

While everyone may be watching Biden versus Trump play out on the world stage, we must remember that several other elections are happening this fall that could shake up global leadership.

1. Moldovan Presidential Election

This Moldovan election faces the unique backdrop of having some rule-of-law problems in place that undermine the country’s economy. Before the coronavirus issue, the International Monetary Fund said that the government needed to retrieve stolen assets and stop money laundering. The incumbent maintains a lead in the polls leading up to the election.

2. New Zealand General Election

This election was put off because of a coronavirus surge, making it one of the most essential referendums worldwide this fall. Citizens in New Zealand are deciding on leadership, cannabis, and euthanasia in this cycle.

3. Palauan Presidential Election

Although Palau may be tiny, the 340 islands are in free association with the United States. Americans provide defense for the republic, funding, and social services access. Their leadership could create difficulties for American efforts to stabilize the South Pacific.

4. African Presidential Elections

Several countries on the African continent hold their presidential election during the final months of 2020. Four of them are in October, including the Ivorian, Tanzanian, Guinean, and Malawian contests. November has Egypt and the Seychellois presidential elections, while December sees the Ghanaian, Nigerian, and Chadian contents.

If the election cycle follows the same outcomes that we saw earlier in 2020, populism is still the emphasis found in many cultures. That means many incumbents may find themselves elected once again.

For American Democrats, that trend is something that they’ll want to stop. For Republicans, that information provides hope when polls have Trump down by 5-10 points.