“For someone with her rich experience and rich experience, she is still fresh. It’s still new, ”said Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, former president of the Congressional Black Caucus that endorsed Harris’ presidential primary race in 2020 before supporting Biden in March. . “I think people are looking for that. ”
Former President Barack Obama will speak before Harris on Wednesday, the country’s first black president giving in to the first woman of color on a major presidential ticket. Harris will be introduced by his sister, Maya, and niece, Meena, as well as Ella Emhoff, his stepdaughter.
I don’t think the historical nature of this can be overstated.– Adrianne Shropshire, BlackPAC
Harris plans to use her landmark speech to say that she will help Biden promote “a vision of our nation as a beloved community – where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we are from or who we love. ”
She will call on the country to elect a “president who will bring us all together – Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians, Indigenous people – to achieve the future we collectively want”, according to previously published extracts. “We have to elect Joe Biden. ”
She also plans to criticize Trump, saying, “Right now we have a president who turns our tragedies into political weapons.
“Joe will be a president who turns our challenges into goals,” Harris said.
In a virtual speech earlier Wednesday at the convention’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander Caucus, Harris said she would deliver her speech “knowing that I stand on the shoulders of so many who are on this. call and those who have come before us. ”
The daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Harris has shone in key moments before.
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She was praised for drawing 20,000 spectators when she announced the start of her presidential campaign in Oakland, Calif., Last year. His subsequent difficult questioning of two Trump candidates – Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice and Bill Barr for Attorney General – during the Senate confirmation process was a similar highlight, as was his praise for Biden during ‘a debate about his opposition to the bus in the 1970s to integrate. public schools.
But Harris also launched his presidential bid with the hope that it would electrify the field, only to see his campaign struggle to find a cohesive and sparkling message – the California senator having given up months before the first vote.
Speeches in Congress are often the most important for those selected as running mate- rial candidates, but also only the start of a much bigger role in public political consciousness if their ticket wins. There are even deeper repercussions for Harris, however, as she could be called upon to play the party’s standard-bearer role as early as 2024, if Biden – who will be nearly 82 by then – chooses not to run for a second. mandate if he wins in November.
Obama prepares a personal appeal
Biden didn’t expressly say he would only serve one term, but he spoke openly about being a bridge to a new generation – making Harris a natural successor.
Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of BlackPAC, which works to mobilize black voters nationwide, said Harris would necessarily remain focused on defeating Trump in November, not the upcoming presidential election. But she said her speech would likely have special meaning for women across the country, which could resonate for years to come.
“I don’t think the historical nature of this can be overstated,” Shropshire said. “It will be a really profound moment for women. “
Obama will deliver his speech live from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. He will issue a searing rebuke from Trump, accusing his successor of unleashing America’s “worst impulses” and treating the presidency like a reality show “to get the attention it needs.”
In excerpts released before his speech, the former president also describes the stakes in the November election in plain language, warning that the future of American democracy is at stake in the race between Trump and Biden.
“I also ask you to believe in your own ability – to assume your own responsibility as citizens – to ensure that the fundamental principles of our democracy endure,” Obama will say.
Clinton, Pelosi, Warren to talk
2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who ran for the 2020 presidential nomination, are also scheduled to speak tonight.
In his speech, Clinton will reflect on his loss and urge Americans not to take the election result for granted after some voters stayed at home in 2016, according to excerpts released ahead of time.
“For four years people would tell me, ‘I didn’t realize how dangerous he was.’ “I wish I could go back and start over. Or worse, “I should have voted”. Well, this can’t be another election, could she have done it, ”she plans to say.