Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate

After months of speculation Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his VP candidate, making her the first Black, Asian American woman on a major party ticket.
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Joe Biden announcing that groundbreaking choice tapping his former rival senator kamala Harris to be his running mate and in a sign of the times, Amy and T.J., notify the senator on a zoom call as you can imagine. Well, I hope it wasn't like everybody else and he was fully dressed unlike some of us on our zoom calls but we'll get into those details later. Harris the only sitting female black senator, and now she will become the first woman of color ever nominated for vice president by a major party. Harris is only the third woman to accomplish this feat. We are going to speak with senator Amy klobuchar in just a few moments about this historic decision but first let's go to Mary Bruce with more details from Washington as senator Harris and vice president Biden get ready to make their first public appearance together since the big announcement. Reporter: We will see the biden/harris ticket together for the first time and witness something we've never seen before in our country's history. This is a moment of huge significance for women and women of color, especially young women, kamala Harris today speaking out as the first black woman and the first asian-american to be tapped to be vice president. After months of speculation, Joe Biden over a video chat asking senator kamala Harris to join the historic ticket. Biden then breaking the news in a tweet celebrating his former rival as a fearless fighter for the little guy and one of the country's finest public Harris responding saying Joe Biden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for vice president. Harris is now the first black woman and the first asian-american on a major party ticket and only the third woman to be close for vice president. I believe in Joe. You know one of the things that is so reflective of his personality is when he says there is room for everyone. Reporter: Biden has said he was looking for someone to be his Joe Biden, to have a relationship like the one he had with former president Obama. One of the things I learned is that no president in the 21st century can handle the job by themselves. Reporter: By choosing senator kamala Harris as America's next vice president, he's underscored his own judgment and character, said president Obama. Susan rice calling her a tenacious and trailblazing leader. Senator Elizabeth Warren saying she is an inspiration to millions of women who see themselves had her and F Val demings, to see a black woman nominated for the first time reafirms my faith that in America there is a place for every person to succeed no matter would they are or where they come from. It's a mischaracterization of my position across the board. I did not praise racists. That is not true. Do you agree today that you were wrong to oppose busing in America then? Do you agree. What I opposed is busing ordered by the department of education. That's what I opposed. Reporter: Harris later reportedly said it was all politics. Biden clearly willing to look past it. Two weeks ago a sign of what was to come. Photographers catching a glimpse of Biden's notes at a press conference. The first talking point about Harris reading, quote, do not hold grudges. But president trump and his campaign are eagle story dwell on that moment shortly after the announcement. Trump went on the attack. Plus, she was very, very nasty to one of the reasons that surprised me, she was very disrespectful to Joe Biden and it's hard to pick somebody that is that disrespectful. Reporter: But now Harris is poised to turn those famous debate skills on Mike pence. They are set to debate in just two months and while the president is eager to cast Harris as a radical and far left, trump himself used to support her before running for president, he donated $6,000 to Harris' campaigns.

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