Sen. Kamala Harris during an interview with Norah O’Donnell on “60 Minutes,” said becoming the first female vice president will undoubtedly change how things are done in the White House.
Sen. Harris is a Black and South Asian American. If her presidential run with Joe Biden pulls through she will become the first female leader in the White House, which will follow her existing record as the first woman and first Black person to become the district attorney of San Francisco and California’s attorney general.
Harris was also the second Black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. Her decision to accept Biden’s invitation for the 2020 presidential race reportedly inspired women of color across the country who saw themselves in her.
“You imagine some young person then seeing, ‘Oh, things can be different. I don’t have to conform to whatever I’m, you know, supposed to or relegated to do. I can imagine what can be and be unburdened by what has been,’ you know?” Sen. Harris said.
Although many progressive activists criticized Sen. Harris during her presidential race for her past as a prosecutor and some of the policies she promotes, her presidential platform was still much more progressive than Biden’s. O’Donnell asked Harris if she plans to bring the progressive policies she supported as a senator into a Biden leadership.
“What I will do, and I promise you this, and this is what Joe wants me to do as part of our deal: I will always share with him my lived experience as it relates to any issue that we confront. And I promised Joe that I will give him that perspective and always be honest with him,” Harris said.
“It helps change the perception of who can do what, because that is still part of the battle after all,” says Kamala Harris about the potential impact of being the first woman of color as vice president. https://t.co/WgfgvU6j6g pic.twitter.com/sfSJqWrPym
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O’Donnell also asked if that is “a socialist or progressive perspective,” but Sen. Harris laughed and disputed.
“No, it is the perspective of a woman who grew up a Black child in America, who was also a prosecutor, who also has a mother who arrived here at the age of 19 from India. Who also, you know, likes hip hop,” Harris said. “Like, what do you wanna know?”
The Democratic vice presidential nominee hinted that the role she would play in the White House is “Joe Biden’s partner,” while adding that Biden told her he wants her “to be the first person in the room and the last person in the room as well.”
Joe Biden in a separate interview that aired on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, explained why Sen. Harris would be ready to take over the presidential seat should something happen to him along the line.
“Number one: Her values. Number two: She is smart as a devil. Number three: She has a backbone like a ramrod. Number four: She is really principled.
“And number five: She has had significant experience in the largest state in the union, running a Justice Department that’s only second in size to the United States Justice Department. And you know, obviously, I hope that never becomes a question,” Biden said.