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Kamala Harris to formally become Democratic candidate for vice president


Kamala Harris to formally become Democratic candidate for vice president tonight at virtual convention which will also hear from Hillary Clinton after husband Bill attacked Donald Trump but was accused of hypocrisy

  • Sen. Kamala Harris will make history Wednesday night as she becomes the first woman of color to ever appear on a presidential ticket
  • Harris will appear in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband Doug Emhoff and accept the Democrats’ nomination for vice president 
  • She will follow three other Democratic firsts: Hillary Clinton, the first woman to ever win the presidential nomination of a major political party 
  • Also, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to ever hold the job, which she’s now done twice
  • And President Barack Obama, who in 2008 was the first black man ever to be elected president of the United States 
  • Their appearances come after the Democrats attracted some criticism by having President Bill Clinton speak Tuesday night 
  • Clinton was the last white male Democratic president and his role has been questioned as Democrats strive to showcase diversity and embrace #MeToo

By Nikki Schwab, Senior U.s. Political Reporter For

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Sen. Kamala Harris will make history Wednesday night as she’s nominated to be the first woman of color to ever appear on a major party’s presidential ticket. 

Harris will be joined at the third night of the virtual Democratic National Convention by Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ 2016 pick – and the first woman to ever be nominated for president by a major party – as well as President Barack Obama, the first black man to serve as commander-in-chief. 

Former President Bill Clinton, the last white male Democrat to serve as president, spoke Tuesday night, with some questioning his role in a party that’s striving to show off its diversity and grapple with a post-#MeToo world.

Sen. Kamala Harris will officially become the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee Wednesday night at the virtual Democratic National Convention. She’ll deliver remarks from Wilmington, Delaware 

Hillary Clinton, the only woman to ever top a major party’s presidential ticket, will be part of Wednesday night’s programming that will conclude with Harris becoming the first woman of color to ever be nominated for vice president 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to hold the job, will speak after Clinton during Wednesday night’s DNC programming 

President Obama, the nation’s first black president, will speak before Harris’ family members appear and deliver her nominating speech 

The party’s parade of firsts come one day after President Bill Clinton appeared at the DNC, which attracted some criticism in the post-#MeToo era and as the Democrats want to showcase their diversity 

The theme of Wednesday night’s festivities is a ‘more perfect union’ and showcases a number of Democratic firsts – politicians who have broken boundaries thanks to their gender or race. 

Hillary Clinton will appear during a part of the night’s programming dedicated to female leadership, which has helped create said ‘more perfect union.’ 

Clinton was the first woman to ever win a major party’s presidential nomination when she did so four years ago, only to be bested by President Donald Trump.  

That part of the program will also feature a video marking 100 years of suffrage for some American women with the adoption of the 19th Amendment, an anniversary celebrated Tuesday.   

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – the country’s first female speaker of the House – will follow Clinton, getting an introduction from actress Taraji P. Henson, according to Politico. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who ran against Harris and Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 race, is also slated to speak Wednesday night about a ‘more perfect economy.’ 

Then, President Barack Obama – the country’s first black president – will address the DNC and deliver what’s expected to be a blistering rebuke of Trump – and a wholehearted endorsement of Biden, his former vice president. 

Harris will be formally nominated by three of her family members: Sister Maya Harris, who served as the campaign chairwoman for Harris’ presidential bid, Maya’s daughter Meena and Harris’ step-daughter Ella Emhoff, who refers to her as ‘Momala,’ the California senator said when she talked about her family members during her debut speech in Wilmington, Delaware last week. 

She’ll appear again Wednesday night in Wilmington, at the city’s Chase Center, which has been set up for Harris and Biden to give their nomination acceptance speeches.  

There, she’ll only be joined by her husband, Douglas Emhoff, due to social distancing protocols.  

The DNC was supposed to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but instead is being pieced together virtually from multiple locations thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Biden campaign wouldn’t say whether Harris or Biden will be tested for the coronavirus prior to their appearances, though all other people on-site will have been tested for multiple days.   


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