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.