Editor’s note: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Biden made comments suggesting that Harris may actually serve as president instead of him. We interpreted Biden’s comments to mean that he had suggested Harris would be calling the shots if they win the election. Upon further review, we now believe Biden’s speech was about Harris as vice president, not a president. We removed the paragraph in question that took Biden’s comments about Harris “being ready on day 1” out of the story. We regret the error and have since corrected it.
After months of build-up and speculation, Democratic nominee Joe Biden has officially picked his running mate.
The former vice president declared that he has selected California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris.
Biden and Harris appeared together for the first time as running mates Wednesday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware.
“She’s a proven fighter,” Biden said, as Harris watched from a chair set up well behind the lectern where one candidate could sit while the other spoke inside the local high school gym with U.S. and state and territory flags as the backdrop.
“She’s ready to do this job on Day One,” Biden said.
“The choice we make this November is going to decide the future of America for a very, very long time,” Biden said. “I have no doubt that I picked the right person to join me as the next vice president of the United States of America, and that’s Senator Kamala Harris.”
“This morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls, who so often feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities,” Biden continued. “But today — today, just maybe, they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way — as the stuff of president and vice presidents.”
“When I agreed to serve as President Obama’s running mate he asked me a number of questions, as I’ve asked Kamala. The most important one was, he said to me, he asked me what I wanted, most importantly. I told him I wanted to be the last person in the room before he made the important decisions,” Biden said.
“That’s what I asked Kamala. I asked Kamala to be the last voice in the room, to always tell me the truth, which she will. Challenge my assumptions if she disagrees. Ask the hard questions. Because that’s the way we make the best decisions for the American people,” he continued.
Biden then turned the floor over to Harris who repeated what she told Biden when accepting her spot on the ticket.
“As I said, Joe, when you called me, I am incredibly honored by this responsibility and I’m ready to get to work,” Harris said.
“Joe, I’m so proud to stand with you. And I do so mindful of all the heroic and ambitious women before me whose sacrifice, determination, and resilience makes my presence here today even possible,” she continued.
“America is crying out for leadership,” she said, “yet we have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him.”
Joe Biden: "On January 20th, 2021, we're all going to watch Senator Harris raise her right hand and swear the oath of office as the first woman ever to serve in the second highest office in America…and then we're going to get to work." https://t.co/6YmWkhQHPN pic.twitter.com/6qPrMjOSwp
— ABC News (@ABC) August 12, 2020
Kamala Harris: “I am incredibly honored by this responsibility and I am ready to get to work … Joe, I’m so proud to stand with you and I do so mindful of all the heroic and ambitions women before me.” https://t.co/L8ujFIudx9 pic.twitter.com/JIpw8LUV9t
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 12, 2020