In their first joint appearance, US presidential candidate Joe Biden and his vice-president Kamala Harris are self-confident and combative.
The Democratic candidates for the White House, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, appeared confident and aggressive at their first appearance together on Wednesday. The former US Vice President and the California Senator not only present their version of the future of America, they also sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s policies and leadership style. The main focus was on Trump’s handling of the corona pandemic, which has so far claimed more than 165,000 lives in the US and triggered an economic crisis.
“That’s what happens when we elect someone who just doesn’t have the skills to do it,” Harris said, referring to Trump. “Our country is in tatters and our reputation in the world is no different.” Harris therefore appealed to the US voters to put an end to this bustle with their votes on November 3rd. “Everything that is important to us – our economy, our health, our children, in which country we live – everything is at stake,” said the 55-year-old senator.
Whatever the outcome of the November election, Harris has already made US history. She is both the first black woman and the first woman of Asian descent – her mother is from India – to stand for election on the presidential ticket of one of the two major US parties.
“Across the country, young girls woke up this morning, especially dark skinned girls who so often feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities. And maybe these girls will see themselves in a new light for the first time today, “said the 77-year-old, who was Vice President under President Barack Obama from 2008 to 2016.
However, the event itself did not do justice to the historic event. The simple gymnasium of a high school in Wilmington, Delaware, served as the setting. Due to corona restrictions, the hall was almost completely empty, only journalists and few guests were invited. Finally, a few minutes after Biden started his speech, the power went out.
The top democratic duo acted positively despite the adverse conditions and showered each other with hymns of praise. Biden described Harris as “smart” and “tenacious” and highlighted her achievements as attorney general in California and as a member of various Senate committees.
Even if there are still more than 80 days to election day in the US, from a financial point of view, Harris’s nomination for Biden has already paid off. Biden’s team announced on Wednesday evening that campaign donations totaling $26 million were received in just 24 hours. “The enthusiasm is really noticeable,” said Biden during a virtual fundraising event following the joint appearance.
Trump, who, according to current polls, lags behind Biden in favor of the electorate, attacked Harris shortly after she was announced as the vice-presidential candidate on Tuesday. A Republican election ad that Trump shared on Twitter describes Harris as “lying” and as part of the “radical left”.
Republican Party leader Ronna McDaniel stepped up on Wednesday, saying in an interview with Fox News that the president was delighted that Biden had chosen someone who was so radical, so far left and so liberal. “It shows that the Democrats have completely pulled out of the moderate wing of the party,” said McDaniel.
Government adviser Kellyanne Conway believes Harris will struggle not to steal the show from Biden. “He is outshone by practically everyone he comes in contact with,” said Conway, who in the past had repeatedly addressed Biden’s age and questioned his fitness.