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  • Harris gives first interview as nominee to The 19th news
  • Joe Biden had the audacity to choose a Black woman to be his running mate,” Harris told reporter Errin Haines.


(CNB News) – Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) gave her first sit-down interview as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate to The 19th News on Friday, touching on a wide range of topics, including the historical nature of her candidacy.

Joe Biden had the audacity to choose a Black woman to be his running mate,” Harris told reporter Errin Haines.”He decided he was going to do that thing that was about breaking one of the most substantial barriers that has existed in our country, and he made that decision, with whatever risk that brings.”

The interview comes days after Biden announced Harris would be his running mate, making her the first African-American and Asian-American woman to be on a major party’s presidential ticket in the U.S.

The conversation was apart of the outlet’s inaugural series, The 19th Represents. The outlet was established earlier this year and is devoted to covering the intersection of gender, policy and politics.

Harris also touched on the centennial of the 19th Amendment, acknowledging that it’s passing in 1920 did not give women of color the right to vote.

“I do think about the ability of women at every stage to build a coalition and fight together, but let’s also acknowledge the disparities that still exist based on race, and let’s all work together,” Harris said.

When asked what she would fight for if she was elected the first female vice president, Harris replied: “Everything.”

“In a Biden-Harris administration, women are going to be a priority, understanding that women have many priorities and all of them must be acknowledged,” Harris said.

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