California Senator Kamala Harris is back in the running. Months after bowing out of the presidential campaign, she has joined forces for Democratic nominee Joe Biden as his vice president running mate.
Kamala Harris Joins Joe Biden
On Tuesday, Biden went public with his massive announcement. Joe credited Harris’ past work in politics and determination to look out for the common person as a key reason for choosing her.
“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate. … Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.” -Joe Biden’s Twitter
Back in December 2019, Harris blamed funding for forcing her to bow out of the presidential campaign.
“I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete,” she wrote. “In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do. So, to you my supporters, it is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude — that I am suspending my campaign today.” (Los Angeles Times)
Wait, There’s More
A few days ago, independent head of state candidate hopeful Kanye West made headlines for not securing the minimum amount of signatures needed to appear on an Illinois presidential candidate ballot.
The Illinois native, running as an independent, reportedly fell short by 1,300 signatures according a state hearing officer who reviewed the number of nominations submitted by West’s party. In order to make the ballot, West had to submit 2,500 signatures, but Friday’s hearing officer only recorded 1,200 signatures. The official determination will be submitted on August 21, when the finalized ballot is announced by the Illinois State Board of Elections. (Fox News)
Earlier the same week, Kanye sent out a cryptic message about his goal of winning.
Before You Go
Last week, buzz developed about Kanye allegedly confirming his plan isn’t to win the presidency but to take away votes from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and help keep Donald Trump in office.
Amid various reports that Republican and Trump-affiliated political operatives are trying to get Kanye West onto various state ballots for November’s presidential election, the billionaire rap superstar indicated, in an interview by text today, that he was in fact running to siphon votes from the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden. Asked about that directly, West said that rather than running for president, he was “walking,” quickly adding that he was “walking . . . to win.” (Forbes)