“America needs a president who reflects the decency and dignity of the American people; a president who speaks the truth; and a president who fights for those whose voices are too often overlooked or ignored,” said Californian Senator Kamala Harris, adding her support to the Democratic contenders unifying behind Joe Biden’s campaign for President. “I am proud to announce I am endorsing my friend, Vice President Joe Biden, for President of the United States.”
Harris was the first Indian-American candidate to make a serious bid for the presidency in the most diverse field of presidential candidates in modern political history.
Despite a promising start to her presidential bid, Harris dropped out of the race in December 2019 after financial pressures and low poll numbers derailed her campaign. However, though she was no longer running for President, Harris vowed to stay in the fight for “Justice for the People” and “the future of our country.”
In a statement released on March 8, Harris remarked on Biden’s “strength of character, selfless courage, and commitment to public service,” qualities she said were reflected in his late son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who first introduced Harris to his father. As attorneys general during the financial crisis, Harris had worked with Beau Biden to secure billions of dollars in relief for homeowners across the country, taking on some of the biggest banks in the country.
From her days on the campaign trail, Harris says she came to understand that Americans wanted a leader who “reflects the decency and dignity of the American people” and “fights for those whose voices are too often overlooked or ignored.”
No one is better prepared to take on that role than Joe Biden, says Harris, because he has “served our country with dignity, and has a proven track record of getting things done. We need him now more than ever.”
Harris endorsed Biden in a tweet from Selma, Alabama, where the Democratic establishment had gathered to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march, “I really believe in him and I have known him for a long time. One of the things that we need right now is we need a leader who really cares about the people and who can therefore unify the people. And I believe Joe can do that.”
Biden thanked Harris a tweet that read, “Kamala — You’ve spent your whole career fighting for folks who’ve been written off and left behind — and no small part of that alongside Beau. From our family: thank you.”
Harris joins former rivals Pete Butigieg, Michael Bloomberg and Amy Klobuchar, as well as Beto O’Rourke, who’ve lined up behind the VP.
Harris said she will campaign with Biden in the upcoming Michigan primary.
In a video clip shared to Twitter Harris reiterated her support saying,“ I believe in Joe Biden and will do everything in my power to help elect him the next president of the United States.”