Biden, Harris launch campaign with promise to 'rebuild' broken America

Sen. Kamala Harris D-Calif. listens as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden introduces her as his running mate at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington Del. Wednesday Aug. 12 2020

Joe Biden (R) speaks at a campaign event as Kamala Harris listens, April 12, 2020.

Making their first appearance as running mates, before a small crowd of reporters and staffers at a DE high school closed to the public due to coronavirus concerns, the Democratic duo vowed to end Donald Trump's presidency and, in Biden's words, "rebuild this country".

Biden, who leads in polls against Trump despite running a mostly virtual campaign due to the coronavirus shutdown, said the president had failed to lead through the crisis. We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be.

Ms Harris said: "This is a moment of real outcome for America".

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump, who is running for a second term in November, claimed that it would be easy to beat her in the election. And as President, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals. He also revealed that his decision was impacted by his now-deceased son Beau's friendship with Harris.

The Biden-Harris ticket already strikes a contrast with 2016, when nominee Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine struggled to unite a Democratic Party weakened by infighting between her supporters and those of progressive candidate Bernie Sanders.

During the same news conference, President Trump described Senator Harris as a "nasty woman".

"Whining is what Donald Trump does best", Biden said, asking if anyone was "surprised Donald Trump has a problem with a strong woman".

"It is so clear that Trump had a different set of opponents in mind, and now he's having trouble changing strategies", said Colbert, before breaking out his Trump impersonation.

Biden referred to working families, implying that they "need someone on their side, because they certainly don't have anyone on their side with this president".

"Kamala, as you all know is smart".

"The fact that she is both Black and brown is what makes this so exciting". "Today, just maybe they're seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as the stuff of presidents and vice presidents".

"All across America, little girls woke up" with new hope, Biden said. "Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!"

Gopalan took the sisters to India to visit relatives and gave both, Kamala Devi Harris and Maya Lakshmi Harris, names rooted in Indian culture.

The Harris boost could help Biden close the gap in August.

Harris, a member of the US Senate since 2017, launched her own presidential bid early past year but it disintegrated when she failed to raise enough funds to sustain her campaign.

Democratic party presidential nominee Joe Biden has said his pick for the party's vice presidential nominee KamalaHarris is smart, tough and a proven fighter for the country's middle class. On 29 September, the first presidential debate will be held, followed by a debate between the two vice presidential candidates on 7 October and two final presidential debates in late October.



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