Washington, August 12
The mainstream US media on Wednesday ran uncommon banner headlines — much like those when Barack Obama was declared presidential nominee in 2008 — hailing the choice of Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden to pick out Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris as his working mate.
The Jamaican media too gave frontpage protection to the choice of Harris, whose father is an African from Jamaica and mom an Indian, because the Democratic vice presidential nominee.
Biden, the 77-year-old former US vp, will problem incumbent Republican President Donald Trump, 74, within the November three election.
By naming the 55-year-old Harris, a lawyer and politician from California as his working mate on Tuesday, Biden made historical past by choosing the primary Black lady to compete on a serious occasion’s presidential ticket.
Harris is presently the Senator from California and has been described as a trailblazer by former president Barack Obama.
“In historic move, Biden selects Harris for VP,” The Washington Post stated in a banner headline in its Wednesday’s version.
The determination “elevates the first Black woman and first Asian-American woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket at a moment when the country is grappling with its racial past and future”, the main day by day reported.
The determination, it famous, is essentially the most consequential of Biden’s presidential marketing campaign and has main implications not just for the November election however for the way forward for the Democratic Party.
Noting that Biden can be of 78 years by the Inauguration Day, and thus the oldest president ever, the newspaper stated the selection locations Harris, who was a extra vibrant and energetic presence on the marketing campaign path however was additionally at occasions unsteady, on the forefront of the occasion’s future as, probably, the primary feminine vp.
Harris herself was a presidential aspirant till final 12 months earlier than she dropped out of the race due to lack of common assist.
The New York Times in its lead headline stated, “Biden’s VP Pick is Kamala Harris, 1st Women of Color on Major Ticket.” The day by day famous that Harris is the primary Black lady and the primary individual of Indian descent to be nominated for nationwide workplace by a serious occasion, and solely the fourth lady in US historical past to be chosen for a presidential ticket.
“She brings to the race a far more vigorous campaign style than Mr Biden’s, including a gift for capturing moments of raw political electricity on the debate stage and elsewhere, and a personal identity and family story that many find inspiring,” it stated.
“Harris Named as Biden’s Running Mate in Historic Vice-Presidential Choice,” was the lead headline of The Wall Street Journal.
Daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, Harris has been a rising star within the Democratic Party since being elected to the Senate in 2016, it stated.
“Given her own presidential campaign, she was better-known than many of the other women under consideration. In addition to an established small-dollar donor list, she has ties to wealthy donors from industries including finance, media and law,” The WSJ famous.
According to The Los Angeles Times, “Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s history-making pick for vice president.” In selecting Harris, the day by day in an editorial stated, Biden has proven that “unlike the man currently holding the job he seeks, he’s not afraid of strong women”.
“As Biden heads into the most consequential president election in modern history, he sees what we do: Harris has a lot to offer the campaign and the ticket beyond being a symbol,” it stated.
In one other report, the newspaper stated, Harris brings an uncommon mix of social justice progressiveness and law-and-order conservatism.
“She has a protracted profession of preventing to guard the downtrodden and on the lookout for methods to reform the legal justice system whereas nonetheless locking up loads of the proverbial dangerous guys. She’s gone after for-profit schools and the mortgage business once they preyed upon her constituents.
“She’s outspoken (not less than when she desires to be) on points she cares about, is not going to be cowed by bullying, and isn’t afraid of being seen as overly aggressive, which is usually a profession killer for girls. Just ask Hillary Clinton,” the day by day stated.
The Boston Globe in its lead headline famous, “Biden’s running mate is Kamala Harris, first woman of color on a major party’s ticket.” Only two different girls have been major-party vice-presidential nominees, Geraldine Ferraro for the Democrats in 1984 and Sarah Palin for the Republicans in 2008, and neither gained, the day by day stated.
Meanwhile, Jamaican Times in its lead headline stated, “Biden Selects California Senator Kamala Harris as Running Mate”.
In one other front-page report, it stated, “While many will hail the choice of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate, the US senator from California has come under tough criticism – but also been praised – over her past work as a top prosecutor.” The Jamaica Observer in its lead headline said, “Trump says ‘surprised’ at Biden’s pick of ‘horrible’ Harris”. PTI LKJ SCY