US election: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — stronger together

Biden and Harris launch presidential campaign in Delaware

(DW) – The Democratic National Convention begins on Monday and will officially nominate Joe Biden as presidential candidate. Running mate Kamala Harris couldn’t prevail on her own, but she can give the campaign a vital boost.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris started off as rivals, both wanting to run for president for the Democratic Party.

At the end of June 2019, during the first debate, they got into an argument. California Senator Harris criticized the former vice president for his policies during the 1970s. At the time, Biden was a senator for the state of Delaware. He had been working with US senators who wanted to prevent the integration of Black and white schoolchildren, said Harris — and that she was one of those pupils.

Joe Biden defended himself by saying he was only against mandated “bussing.” The term refers to the practice of driving black children to selected schools that were usually located in richer, white residential areas. Harris, who rode one of these buses to school as a child and credits her education for her success, stated: “Had I been a United States senator at that time, I would have been completely on the other side of the aisle.”

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