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Elizabeth Warren Thrilled Kamala Harris Got VP Slot Instead of Her

August 12, 2020

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren praised fellow Senator Kamala Harris on Tuesday after Harris got the expected nod from presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to be his running mate.

“She’ll be a great partner to Joe Biden in making our government a powerful force for good in the fight for social, racial, and economic justice,” Warren said in a written statement Tuesday, August 11.

Warren said Harris “took on Wall Street” during the 2008 financial crisis, when Harris was California Attorney General.

Warren had appeared on Biden’s short lists for vice president, but was not considered a likely pick, because of the pressure on Biden to pick a black woman.

Warren was one of two white women on Biden’s all-female short list, the rest being black or Asian.

Harris is both. Her father, 81, is a black native of Jamaica. Her late mother was a Tamil born in India. Tamils are a small minority in India, and a larger minority in neighboring Sri Lanka.

Harris, 55, grew up in Berkeley, California, where her father was a professor of economics at the state’s flagship university, and Montreal, where her mother moved several years after Harris’s parents divorced.