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Kamala Harris Endorses Former Rival Joe Biden

“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.”

Who Won India Currents’ Presidential Primary Poll?

We have a wonderful reader base that took time out of their day to take our Presidential Primaries Survey! We received 34 responses and from that we tried to gauge the pulse of what our average Indian American reader feels about the current political climate.

94% of participants will be voting in the primaries, however only 72% of those read up before voting.

Surprisingly, despite having male heavy participation, Elizabeth Warren came out as the winner of our Presidential Primary Poll. Unsurprisingly, the winning candidate was a Democrat, as 61.8% of people responding reported Democratic affiliations.

Forms response chart. Question title: What is your political affiliation?. Number of responses: 34 responses.

Some basic demographics, 70% of our participants were making more than 100k a year and 76% of our participants were older than 30. We had gender distribution of: 55.9% male, 44.1% female, 0% nonbinary respondents.

Forms response chart. Question title: What is your annual income?. Number of responses: 34 responses.

The precedent then set for the following information can provide us some insight into what type of people are responding and what their reasoning might be. Our data indicates that the respondents are professionals with high income, skewing towards a male lens.

When asked about who they will be voting for, the responses were diverse – some outdated:

  1. Elizabeth Warren (8) – 23.5%
  2. Bernie Sanders (4), Michael Bloomberg (4), Abstain (4) – 11.8%
  3. Joe Biden (3), Donald Trump (3) – 8.8%
  4. Pete Buttigieg (2), Tulsi Gabbard (2) – 5.9%
  5. Amy Klobuchar (1), Andrew Yang (1), None of the Above (1) – 2.9%

Forms response chart. Question title: Who are you planning on voting for in the Presidential Primaries? . Number of responses: 34 responses.

Top three issues taxpayers would want their money spent on:

  1. Health Care
  2. Education
  3. Environment and Infrastructure

What the information above indicates is that our readers want a female presence in the Oval Office. Upon further investigation, 6/15 women voted for Elizabeth Warren with only 2 votes for Warren being male. The distribution shows that identity politics plays a huge role during election season.

Furthermore, I initially thought that our high income base would be concerned with tax cuts, yet the survey shows that they are not. Most respondents genuinely care about future generations living in a sustainable world with good education and (hopefully) affordable health care.

Happy Super Tuesday and get out the vote!

Srishti Prabha is the current Assistant Editor at India Currents and has worked in low income/affordable housing as an advocate for women and people of color. She is passionate about diversifying spaces, preserving culture, and removing barriers to equity.

Presidential Primary Poll: Make Your Voice Count

The U.S. Presidential Primary Election cycle starts with Iowa on February 3rd, 2020. This marks the nascence of the election year and an exciting time for politics. What is the average Indian American thinking during the elections? Are you politically engaged or are you tired of the non stop political talk? Please help us find out by completing this two minute survey and have your voice heard!