Washington: Senator Kamala Harris has scripted history as she has become the first Indian-American and the first Black woman to accept the nomination for vice-president from a major political party in the country.
Accepting the nomination Wednesday at the virtual Democratic National Convention, Harris, 55, attacked President Donald Trump’s for “failure of leadership”, blaming him for the “lives and livelihoods” lost of Americans people amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
In her acceptance speech, Harris paid tribute to the Black women who came before her and she vowed to fight for the nation. She also profoundly remembered her mother from Tamil Nadu. In reference to her Indian/Tamil heritage, she used a Tamil expression in speaking of my “aunts, my chitthis”.
Harris and former vice president Joe Biden will now challenge Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence in the November 3 election. Biden’ speech Thursday from Delaware was scheduled as the finale of the unconventional convention.
Harris went to making the case of electing Joe Biden as president, “who will bring all of us together Black, White, Latino, Asian, Indigenous to achieve the future we collectively want.”
In fact, besides appealing to women voters and minorities, by bringing quite a few Republican speakers like former secretary of state Colin Powell, and former Ohio Governor John Kasich to endorse Biden, the 4-day convention has been promising that their candidate will attempt bipartisanship in Washington.
Former President Barack Obama also addressed DNC Wednesday to vouch for Joe Biden — and then argued against giving another term to Donald Trump.
“For close to four years now, he has shown no interest in putting in the work,” Obama said. “No interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends. No interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves. Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job, because he can’t.”
Claiming that democracy itself was in danger under Trump, Obama celebrated the fact that the Constitution created a system that could improve over time — and made it clear to voters that the power to change this country lies with them.