Background Briefing: August 11, 2020
Biden Chooses California Senator Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential Running Mate
We begin with the announcement today that Joe Biden has chosen California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate and speak with Andra Gillespie, a Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Differences at Emory University whose latest book is Race and the Obama Administration: Symbols, Substance and Hope. We discuss what Kamala Harris brings to the table as an African American woman representing the strongest and most reliable voting block in the Democratic Party and what might be points against her among the party’s more progressive base who are leery of someone with a background in law enforcement, particularly at a time of widespread revulsion against police violence. Since Biden’s VP, assuming he is elected, will likely be the Democrat’s presidential candidate in 2024, we examine whether the backlash against Obama will return with even more reactionary fury since Kamala Harris is not just an African American, but a woman too.
The Messaging War Between the Democratic Leaders and the White House Over the Next Stimulus Package