Former President Barrack Obama has joined major Democratic Party leaders to hail presidential candidate Joe Biden for choosing Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Obama said Biden “nailed this decision” with the choice of Harris, describing her as a perfect fit for the ticket.
The former President, in a statement, said: “Choosing a vice president is the first important decision a president makes. When you’re in the Oval Office, weighing the toughest issues and the choice you make will affect the lives and livelihoods of the entire country — you need someone with you who’s got the judgment and the character to make the right call.
“Joe Biden nailed this decision. By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character. Reality shows us that these attributes are not optional in a president.
“They’re requirements of the job. And now Joe has an ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead.
I’ve known Senator Harris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake.
“Her own life story is one that I and so many others can see ourselves in: a story that says that no matter where you come from, what you look like, how you worship, or who you love, there’s a place for you here. It’s a fundamentally American perspective, one that’s led us out of the hardest times before. And it’s a perspective we can all rally behind right now.
“Michelle and I couldn’t be more thrilled for Kamala, Doug, Cole, and Ella. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.”
On her part, Hilary Clinton, the Democrat candidate in the 2016 election, tweeted: “I’m thrilled to welcome @KamalaHarris to a historic Democratic ticket.
“She’s already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader. And I know she’ll be a strong partner to @JoeBiden. Please join me in having her back and getting her elected.”