Celebrities React to Kamala Harris Being Named Joe Biden’s Running Mate
Former Vice President Joe Biden had some big news to share Tuesday!
Following a prolonged tease, the Democratic presidential candidate — who will formally accept his party's nomination on August 20 at a virtual convention — announced that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) will be his running mate.
The pick is history-making, as Harris becomes the first Black woman and first Asian American on any major-party ticket. Her father emigrated from Jamaica and her mother from India.
Biden tweeted the big news, writing, “I have the great honor to announce that I've picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country's finest public servants — as my running mate.”
Referencing his late son Beau Biden, Joe added, “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”
After Biden's announcement, Harris tweeted, “.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”
Many big names, including John Legend, Debra Messing, and Whoopi Goldberg, immediately showed their support for Kamala.
Legend tweeted, “Very happy for our friend and Senator and future Vice-President, @KamalaHarris, and very much looking forward to voting for the Biden-Harris ticket to begin the difficult work of recovering from this nightmare presidency and building an even better future.”
Whoopi tweeted, “Sen.KamalaHarris this is a great moment. Let's take care of her and make sure we are supportive of her because this is a no nonsense race and she is ready. Go Kamala!!”
Messing wrote on Twitter, “BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden has chosen KAMALA HARRIS as his running mate. And . I. AM. ALL FOR IT!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!!!!! @KamalaHarris.”
Harris also received enthusiastic endorsements from 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton and the slate of women Biden had considered for the veep slot but passed over, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and Stacey Abrams.
Overwhelmed by this historic moment. @KamalaHarris is the first Black woman & first Asian-American/Indian to be a VP nominee of major party. My heart is soaring for all the kids out there who see themselves in her and will dream bigger because of this. #KamalaHarrisForVP
I'm thrilled to welcome @KamalaHarris to a historic Democratic ticket. She's already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader. And I know she'll be a strong partner to @JoeBiden. Please join me in having her back and getting her elected. pic.twitter.com/cmtOO8Gqqv
Rumors about Harris being named as Biden's running mate had been swirling for some time.
Two months ago, "Extra's" Billy Bush spoke to Symone Sanders, senior advisor to Biden, who addressed the rumors. She said, "Well, we have a process right now. I will not be confirming or denying anyone who may or may not be being vetted, but I could tell you what the Vice President said and spoke about this a couple weeks ago... We were having an announcement sometime this summer… beginning of August.”
When Harris dropped out of the presidential race in December, she explained her decision by telling her supporters in a note, “Eleven months ago at the launch of our campaign in Oakland I told you all: 'I am not perfect.' But I will always speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people with dignity and respect. I will lead with integrity. I will speak the truth. And that's what I have tried to do every day of this campaign. So here's the truth today. I've taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life. My campaign for president simply doesn't have the financial resources we need to continue."