By Terence Huie, NGA Manager of Grassroots and PAC
California Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) was officially chosen as the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nominee last night in Wilmington, Delaware. The nomination occurred on the third day of the Democratic National Convention. The DNC was originally scheduled to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but was moved to a mostly online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harris made history by becoming the first Black and Indian American woman to be nominated for the vice presidency with an acceptance speech meant to re-introduce her to the country and help make the case against Trump.
Democrats have spent the convention sharply criticizing Republican President Donald Trump as incompetent, corrupt, and a threat to democracy. Speakers also sought to portray Biden as an experienced leader prepared to tackle the pandemic and the flagging economy.
Former President Barack Obama delivered a scathing address in which he said that American democracy could wither if Trump was re-elected for a second term. Voter turnout has also featured as a prominent theme, with frequent calls for Americans to vote early and anticipate mail delays and long lines at in-person voting stations. The convention will wrap up Thursday evening after Joe Biden officially accepts the Democratic presidential nomination. The Republicans will kick off their convention – which is also expected to use a mostly virtual format – next week.
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