New York: Speculation swirled around Kamala Harris, the first Indian American Senator, becoming the Democratic Party candidate for vice president after Joe Biden was photographed accidentally displaying a list of favorable talking points about her.
The first item under her name was “Do not hold grudges,” a possible reference to her attacks on Biden over his civil rights record during the Democratic Party presidential debate last year when she was also seeking the party nomination, reported IANS..
That confrontation, which saw Harris’s standing in the poll momentarily rise while Biden’s fell, had been mentioned as one of the points against her in becoming Biden’s running mate.
The other points in the list in Biden’s photograph circulated by a leading media outlet were: “Campaigned with me & Jill”; Talented”; “Great help to campaign”, and “Great respect for her.”
The vice president pick is expected to be announced soon as Biden said on Tuesday, “I’m going to have a choice in the first week in August.”
He has said that his vice president pick would be a woman and as the Black Lives Movement protests gripped the nation, he has been under pressure to select a woman of African descent. Kamala Devi Harris is the daughter of an Indian American mother from Tamil Nadu and a Jamaican African father. She has identified herself more closely with her father’s heritage and her religious affiliation is shown as Baptist. Her husband Doug Emhoff is Jewish.
Harris got an odd endorsement from Trump, who told reporters, “I think she’d be a fine choice, Kamala Harris. She’d be a fine choice.”
The influential web publication Politico reported that Harris had been chosen by Biden as his running mate, but deleted the post. It confirmed to Fox News that it had published the report but said that it was “placeholder” text that had been accidentally released.
CNBC has reported that there was a sustained campaign by some influential Biden supporters and donors have been campaigning against Harris, which may indicate that she is among the top choices.