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10 Reactions to Biden Picking Kamala Harris

Opinion writers are weighing in
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2020 4:32 AM CDT
Updated Aug 12, 2020 5:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – The reactions are pouring in, and the consensus is that Kamala Harris was the safe pick for Joe Biden's running mate—but that she's also an exciting one. Our roundup:

  • The choice was "groundbreaking" (a woman of color) yet also "conventional," as Biden elevated "a senator who brings generational and coastal balance to the Democratic ticket and shares his center-left politics at a time of progressive change in the party," write Jonathan Martin and Astead W. Herndon in the New York Times. Harris is "establishment-friendly," yet the choice is still "energizing," in part because Biden is "taking direct aim at [President] Trump’s brand of racial grievance politics." (Full piece here.)
  • "The significance of this decision cannot be overstated," writes Julia Craven in Slate. "Harris is the first Black woman, the first Asian woman, and the first graduate of a historically Black university to be selected as the running mate for a major-party candidate." Yet Craven notes there is also a "litany of concerns about Harris’ political record—and her reluctance to fully address" those concerns. (Full piece here.)

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