First woman of Indian, African descent on national stage to bridge racial divides.
US mainstream media sees presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Bidenâ€™s choice of Indian American senator Kamala Harris as his running mate as â€œgroundbreakingâ€ and â€œhistoricâ€ to â€œpragmaticâ€ and â€œsafe.â€
Biden, wrote the New York Times, â€œmade a groundbreaking decision, picking a woman of color to be vice president and, possibly, a successor in the White House someday.â€
â€œYet in some ways, Biden made a conventional choice,â€ it said, by â€œelevating a senator who brings generational and coastal balance to the Democratic ticket and shares his center-left politics at a time of progressive change in the party.â€
â€œBiden made a pragmatic and historic choice in Kamala Harris,â€ declared her home stateâ€™s leading daily San Francisco Chronicle in an editorial noting she â€œhas spent her entire career breaking barriers.â€
She did so â€œwith a toughness to deflect slights from those who underestimated her, the savvy to course correct from political peril and the persistence and â€” yes, the ambition â€” to keep growing and reaching for higher office,â€ it said.
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Washington Postâ€™s Dan Balz called Harrisâ€™ selection as â€œboth historic and conventional â€” historic as she becomes the first Black woman and first Asian American to join a major party ticket, but conventional because, in the end, she appeared to be the safest of the finalists on his shortlist.â€
Noting that Biden has talked about himself as a transitional figure in the Democratic Party, Balz said, â€œhe now will be seen as a White Democrat who played a uniquely important role in bridging racial divides.â€
He did so, the Post said, â€œfirst as vice president to Barack Obama, the first African American president, and now as the presidential nominee who elevated a Black woman higher than any before her.â€
The Wall Street Journal in an editorial suggested that Biden had â€œchecked the essential boxes his party had demandedâ€”a woman, a minority, and a progressive who has moved left as the Democratic Party has.â€
â€œBidenâ€™s choice is especially important because he would be the oldest President on Inauguration Day at age 78,â€ it said as â€œThe actuarial tables and his declining mental acuity suggest he wouldnâ€™t run for re-election.â€
â€œVice presidential contenders do not have a rich history of altering the course of an election,â€ noted David Siders in the Politico. â€œBut Republican and Democratic political professionals alike believe Harrisâ€™ selection may carry more weight this year.â€
â€œThat is because Biden, despite decades of government work, remains less sharply defined to voters than previous presidential nominees,â€ he noted.
Siders also suggested that â€œBiden went with the vice presidential prospect widely regarded as his safest choice.â€
â€œBy selecting a Black woman — whose background as the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants embodies the new American story — he recast the Democratic power structure for years to come,â€ CNN suggested.
â€œWith the pick, Biden acknowledged the disappointment that some Democratic women still feel nearly four years after Hillary Clinton lost her bid to be the first female president,â€ it said.
â€œNow Democratic women and women of color, who are the driving force of the party, will see themselves represented on the national stage,â€ CNN said.
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