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Barrier-breaking prosecutor with love for grill – “Question, I’ll repeat -” – and music: ♫ “A nation under a groove -” ♫ California Senator Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman and first woman of color, elected vice-president. “Let’s talk about who is ready to lead our country over the next four years.” She ran for president, confronting Biden on the school bus. “You know, there was a little girl in California who was in second class to go to her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me. But later she approved him and he chose her as his running mate. And soon, they will enter the White House together. “I am extremely honored with this responsibility and I am ready to get to work.” Haris has a reputation for being the first. “You might be the first to do a lot of things, but make sure you’re not the last.” She was the first black person and the first woman to become a San Francisco district attorney and then California attorney general. “I decided to become a prosecutor because I believed that there were vulnerable and voiceless people who deserved to have a voice in this system.” And in 2016, she was elected California’s first black senator. And now, she will be the first woman, the first black person and the first person of Asian descent to be elected to the second highest office in the country. So why is she famous in Washington? “So my question to you…” As a senator, Harris served on four committees and was perhaps best known for her tough questions. “It makes me nervous.” “Is that a no?” “Is that a yes?” “Can I answer please, ma’am?” “No sir. No no.” And some of its political priorities? Criminal justice reform and racial justice legislation. “Racial justice is on the ballot in 2020.” After the murder of George Floyd in police custody, Harris became an open voice in the national debate on police brutality. “We should have things like a national standard for the excessive use of force.” And during the election campaign, she doubled down on that message, making a concerted effort to reach voters of color. “People asked, ‘Why should I vote? One: Honor the ancestors. Honor people like the great John Lewis, who shed his blood on the Edmund Pettus Bridge so we could vote. But she has been criticized by progressive activists over her record as a prosecutor, including her push for more money for certain crimes and for refusing to support independent investigations into police shootings as recently as ‘in 2014. So what does she bring to the White House? “It is our house!” It is pragmatic and policy oriented. Supporters say her law enforcement background will help her cope with the unique challenges of the moment and that her lack of ideological rigidity makes her well-suited for the vice presidency. “We can overcome these challenges.” Harris embodies the future of an increasingly racially diverse country. As one of the best-known black women in American politics, Harris now finds herself the most clearly positioned heir to the White House, with the oldest incoming president in history.

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