As the media converged on Wilmington early this week, Joe Biden announced that California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running-mate.
The selection was disclosed on social media and in a press announcement.
The New York Times reported Biden will join Harris in Wilmington for a formal announcement with speculation centering on the Hotel DuPont as the location. They will also hold an online fund-raising event tonight.
The hotel had been the site of activity this week with reporters staking out the area. Biden may also formally accept the Democratic nomination for president at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, WDEL reported.
Biden’s acceptance speech at the site of the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee was canceled earlier.
“I first met Kamala through my son Beau,” Biden wrote in an email to potential donors. “They were both Attorneys General at the same time. He had enormous respect for her and her work. I thought a lot about that as I made this decision. There is no one’s opinion I valued more than Beau’s and I’m proud to have Kamala standing with me on this campaign.”
Harris had long been viewed as one of the three top picks for the post, thanks in part to her experience as a U.S. senator and Attorney General of California and her friendship with the late Beau Biden.
Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings credited Biden and Harris – while both were serving as attorney generals in their respective states – for dealing with the home foreclosure crisis in 2009.
Biden referred to his son working with Harris during the financial crisis
Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
Biden, known for staying close to his home near Wilmington during the Covid-19 pandemic, has also been spending time at his residence in Rehoboth Beach.
Based on aviation records, he met with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, believed to be in the running as the vice presidential pick.
Top picks included Harris and Tammy Duckworth and Elizabeth Warren as well as former National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
Biden has pushed back the decision timeframe for his vice-presidential selection and had offered few hints on his pick.
Harris, like Biden, made a bid for the presidential nomination. However, after a fast start her campaign fizzled as she struggled with sending a clear message on policy positions and drew fire from progressives her questioned her law and order actions as California Attorney General.
She also had a sharp exchange with Biden in a debate with Biden regarding desegregation and busing of students, pointing to her personal experience in Oakland, CA.
The choice of Harris could also be a springboard for running again for president. If elected, Biden would be the oldest president to start a first term.
The Trump campaign moved quickly to portray Harris as a radical candidate, with the president saying she was “nasty and horrible” to Biden and during the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Trump frequently uses the word “nasty” when describing female opponents