Top political voices react to Biden picking Kamala Harris as running mate

Joe Biden has chosen California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. It’s a move that fulfills the wish of Democrats clamoring to see a woman of color on a major party’s presidential ticket for the first time in history.Here are what top political voices said following the Tuesday announcement. ObamaFormer President Barack Obama is hailing his former vice president’s running mate selection, saying, “Joe Biden nailed this decision.”“By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character,” Obama adds.Obama calls Harris an “ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead.”TrumpPresident Donald Trump’s campaign is blasting Biden’s vice presidential pick, calling Harris “phony.”In a statement, Trump adviser Katrina Pierson says Harris “will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists controlling the Democrat Party.”Pierson says Harris has “gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of healthcare.”Pierson calls Harris “proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”For weeks, Trump’s campaign promised an aggressive response against whomever was selected by Biden as his running mate.Says Pierson, “At the ballot box, Americans will resoundingly reject the abysmal failures of Biden-Harris in favor of the America First strength of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.”GoreClimate activist Al Gore is praising Biden’s choice of running mate as a victory for those who care about combating the climate crisis.Gore said in a tweet that Harris “has made climate and environmental justice a top priority” in her political career, and he said she’d be a “strong advocate in the White House.”Gore is a former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee who once served as a Tennessee senator alongside Biden.AbramsGeorgia voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams praised Biden’s “focus on reaching out to every corner of our country” and pledged to work for “Team #BidenHarris” through November.ClyburnHouse Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate will energize voters ahead of the general election fight against President Donald Trump.“This is everything that we need to get people to turn out the vote,” Clyburn told MSNBC Tuesday.Clyburn’s backing helped boost Biden across the South Carolina primary finish line, propelling him into victories in later nominating contests.Clyburn says he and other Democrats will devote themselves to working toward Biden’s victory in the November election, saying, “We are dedicating this entire election year to my late friend, John R. Lewis,” the civil rights icon who died last month.GarcettiLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is praising his “dear friend” and fellow Californian.Garcetti is one of Biden’s campaign co-chairs and a co-chair of the search committee that helped Biden navigate his options.The mayor notes in a statement that he and Harris “have been friends for many years,” recalling their work together on then-Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. Obama went on to select Biden as his vice presidential running mate.Garcetti calls Harris a “true ally” for people “who have needed a voice within the corridors of power.”Should Biden win in November and Harris take office as vice president, Garcetti would be eyed as a potential successor for her Senate seat.

Joe Biden has chosen California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. It’s a move that fulfills the wish of Democrats clamoring to see a woman of color on a major party’s presidential ticket for the first time in history.

Here are what top political voices said following the Tuesday announcement.

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Obama

Former President Barack Obama is hailing his former vice president’s running mate selection, saying, “Joe Biden nailed this decision.”

“By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character,” Obama adds.

Obama calls Harris an “ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead.”

Trump

President Donald Trump’s campaign is blasting Biden’s vice presidential pick, calling Harris “phony.”

In a statement, Trump adviser Katrina Pierson says Harris “will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists controlling the Democrat Party.”

Pierson says Harris has “gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of healthcare.”

Pierson calls Harris “proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”

For weeks, Trump’s campaign promised an aggressive response against whomever was selected by Biden as his running mate.

Says Pierson, “At the ballot box, Americans will resoundingly reject the abysmal failures of Biden-Harris in favor of the America First strength of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.”

Gore

Climate activist Al Gore is praising Biden’s choice of running mate as a victory for those who care about combating the climate crisis.

Gore said in a tweet that Harris “has made climate and environmental justice a top priority” in her political career, and he said she’d be a “strong advocate in the White House.”

Gore is a former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee who once served as a Tennessee senator alongside Biden.

Abrams

Georgia voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams praised Biden’s “focus on reaching out to every corner of our country” and pledged to work for “Team #BidenHarris” through November.

Clyburn

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate will energize voters ahead of the general election fight against President Donald Trump.

“This is everything that we need to get people to turn out the vote,” Clyburn told MSNBC Tuesday.

Clyburn’s backing helped boost Biden across the South Carolina primary finish line, propelling him into victories in later nominating contests.

Clyburn says he and other Democrats will devote themselves to working toward Biden’s victory in the November election, saying, “We are dedicating this entire election year to my late friend, John R. Lewis,” the civil rights icon who died last month.

Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is praising his “dear friend” and fellow Californian.

Garcetti is one of Biden’s campaign co-chairs and a co-chair of the search committee that helped Biden navigate his options.

The mayor notes in a statement that he and Harris “have been friends for many years,” recalling their work together on then-Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. Obama went on to select Biden as his vice presidential running mate.

Garcetti calls Harris a “true ally” for people “who have needed a voice within the corridors of power.”

Should Biden win in November and Harris take office as vice president, Garcetti would be eyed as a potential successor for her Senate seat.