Democrat Kamala Harris is hoping to unleash her former prosecutor’s repertoire against Republican Mike Pence on Wednesday night in the only televised debate between the US vice presidential candidates. And she must show that she can bring vitality and pugnacity to Joe Biden’s campaign.
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From her first speech as a candidate for the vice-presidency of the United States, in August, she had put forward her past as a prosecutor to declare the case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence “open then closed”.
At 55, the California senator offers the Democratic candidate for the White House Joe Biden, 77, a youth asset.
The daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, this first-generation American may also better attract the part of a more diverse electorate who crave greater representation at the top of power.
In Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada or Florida, key states that will play a decisive role in the presidential election on November 3, she has offered in recent weeks a more dynamic image than her running mate.
Masked against the coronavirus and respecting the precautionary distances like Joe Biden, she danced in the streets to the rhythm of the bands. And it was with her Converse sneakers on her feet that she met the family of Jacob Blake, a black man seriously injured by police, in the midst of historic anger against racism in the United States.
With a brilliant career, worthy of the best American dream despite controversial chapters, the senator who dreamed of becoming the first black president of the United States ultimately hopes to become the first female vice president.
But with still, no doubt, an eye on the presidential election of 2024 and the hope of breaking, then, the ultimate glass ceiling.
She is already accumulating the titles of pioneers.
“My mother used to say to me: Kamala, maybe you will be the first to accomplish many things. Make sure you’re not the last ”, likes to repeat the one who grew up in Oakland, proud of the struggle for the civil rights of her parents: a father professor of economics, and a mother, now deceased, research specialist. breast cancer.
After two terms as a prosecutor in San Francisco (2004-2011), she was twice elected attorney general of California (2011-2017), becoming the first woman, but also the first black person, to head the judicial services. of the most populous state in the country.
Then in January 2017, she was sworn in to the Senate in Washington, registering as the first woman to hail from South Asia and only the second black senator in American history.
“Worried” about Pence
His close questioning of presidential candidates for positions the Senate must confirm have since made him known.
A candidate for the Democratic primary, she had also promised to “lead the indictment” against Trump.
The senator will finally be able to fire her arrows live on her right arm Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.
During the Democratic primary, she made sparks by attacking …. Joe Biden.
Surprising the audience, and her rival, she had vehemently criticized her past positions regarding the policies of racial desegregation in the 1970s. Recounting how, as a little girl, she was on one of the buses bringing black schoolchildren to the neighborhoods. white, she had moved, and jumped in the polls.
But Kamala Harris quickly fell back, struggling to clearly define her candidacy. Before throwing in the towel in December 2019.
Her experiences in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of power, her modern image of a woman presenting herself as “Momala”, proud of her blended family, have nevertheless convinced her ex-rival Biden to choose her as running mate.
Still, she could only have this one good performance on her record in the Democratic debates. And that nothing is played against Mike Pence.
“Let me tell you one thing. It’s good for debate, ”she said in an online meeting with donors at the end of September. He added, laughing, as if to better temper expectations about his performance: “So I’m really worried because I can only disappoint. ”