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  • Joe Biden has picked Kamala Harris as his running mate 
  • The two will appear together Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware 
  • Biden personally called Rep. Karen Bass to tell her she is not the pick 
  • Biden gave no hint of who he was thinking of picking in public appearances over the weekend when he was at family beach home in Rehoboth, Delaware
  • He has spoken to all the finalist and will announce in 'middle of the week' 
  • Meanwhile President Trump said 'some people' think men will be mad that Biden vowed to name a woman as his running mate 
  • 'Some people would say that men are insulted by that. And some people would say that's fine,' Trump told Fox Sports Radio
  • There is heavy pressure on Biden to pick a Black woman 

Joe Biden has picked his Kamala Harris as his running mate to help him try to defeat President Donald Trump this November. 

Biden informed supporters of his choice via text message. 

'Joe Biden here. Big news: I've chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate. Together, with you, we're going to beat Trump,' he wrote. 


Harris is the first black woman to have the number two spot on the Democratic ticket. 

The two will make an appearance Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware. The full details have not been announced.

'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,' Biden wrote on Twitter.

'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,' he added.

Harris was attorney general of California when Beau, Biden's late son, was attorney general of Delaware. 

In all, 11 women are said to have been considered, a mix of senators, governors, mayors and members of Congress. Biden personally called Rep. Karen Bass to tell her she is not the pick, CNN reported. 

Trump's campaign has already gone on the attack against Harris. 

'She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left,' Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson said in a statement. 

The vetting team advising Biden - led by former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd - was reported to have ended its work on Monday. 

Biden did not show his hand, joking around with reporters in public appearances over the weekend but offering no indication of who he would chose. He had spoken with all the contenders either in person or remotely due to restrictions in place by the coronavirus

Kamala Harris will be Joe Biden's running mate

Kamala Harris will be Joe Biden's running mate

Joe Biden could announce his running mate as soon as Tuesday and has given no indication of who he is considering naming to the spot

Kamala Harris was good friends with Beau Biden and she tweeted this photo of herself and Beau Biden on the anniversary of his death in May 2019

Kamala Harris was good friends with Beau Biden and she tweeted this photo of herself and Beau Biden on the anniversary of his death in May 2019

The presumptive Democratic nominee originally said he would announce his running mate the first week of August but that timeline has been pushed back. 

Joe Biden personally called Rep. Karen Bass to tell her she is not his running mate

Joe Biden personally called Rep. Karen Bass to tell her she is not his running mate

He's also vowed to name a woman to the ticket and pressure was on him to name a black woman, particularly in the wake of the death of George Floyd, which has seen Black Lives Matter demonstrations spring up around the country.

Hundreds of influential black leaders, celebrities and organizers sent missives to the Biden campaign asking him to chose a black woman, The Washington Post reported, and warned him he will lose the election without one by his side.

'Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means YOU WILL lose the election,' read a letter more than 100 prominent black men sent to the Biden Team. 'Vice President Biden: don't take that risk. Black women are defining the future of politics so it's time you let one define the future of your campaign.'

Signers include rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs, radio show host Lenard McKelvey (a.k.a. Charlamagne tha God), actor Cedric Kyles (a.k.a. Cedric the Entertainer), and commentator Van Jones.

The pressure campaign on Biden increased after reports he had a one-on-one interview with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is white. Also in contention was Senator Elizabeth Warren, a favorite of the left wing of the party.

Other black contenders included Reps. Val Demings and Karen Bass; former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams; and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom.

All the women has been subject to a flood of opposition research the past few weeks with some of the coverage deemed sexist and unfair.  

Meanwhile, President Trump weighed in on Biden's decision before the official announcement, saying 'some people' would say men are angered Biden has vowed to choose a woman. 

'Some people would say that men are insulted by that. And some people would say that's fine,' the president told Clay Travis in an interview on Fox Sports Radio Tuesday morning.

But Trump argued a vice-presidential candidate doesn't make a big difference in swaying voters. 

'People don't vote for the vice president. They really don't they will vote for the vice president. Like you could pick at George Washington to be you, vice president, let's pick up Abraham Lincoln coming back from the dead. They just don't seem to vote for the vice president,' he said. 

'It'll be interesting to see who he who he chooses. I'm interested to see but in the end, I don't think it's gonna matter. Joe's gonna have to stand in his own two feet,' he added.

Biden spent the weekend at his family's beach home in Rehoboth, Delaware, but has returned to Wilmington. 

He stroked the speculation during several public sightings.

On Saturday, during an impromptu bike ride where he wore a face mask, Biden was asked by a Fox News reporter whether he had picked his running.

'Yes,' Biden said and added he was picking the reporter. Biden staff said the former vice president was joking.

And, after attending church on Sunday, Biden was again asked if he'd made a decision.

'Are you ready,' he responded.  

THE WINNER: KAMALA HARRIS, 55. CALIFORNIA SENATOR 

Following widespread protests over racial injustice and police brutality, pressure increased on Biden to choose a woman of color. Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian parents, fits the bill.

Harris is widely viewed as a favorite to run alongside Biden. She is a battle-tested former presidential candidate and ex-prosecutor who has shown an ability to go on the attack - a valued asset for a running mate. A first-term senator from California, she has already been heavily vetted by the media and rival campaigns.

Harris endorsed Biden after dropping out of the race. But her criticism of him during a Democratic primary debate about his opposition to school busing rankled some people close to Biden, who worry about her ambition and loyalty.

Family life: Married to Douglas Emhoff, with two adult stepchildren. 

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