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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden, Harris's first day as running mates

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden, Harris’s first day as running mates | About to deliver first remarks | How Biden decided on Harris | Sights and sounds from the announcement | Throwback to Harris’s 2012 convention speech | Obama: ‘ Biden nailed this decision | Trump: ‘She was my No. 1 draft pick’

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

Kamalden! Bidis! Joala!:

 

 

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Fauci infuriated by threats to family MORE selected Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal An ally in the White House is good for abortion access, but not enough LeBron James says 'it would be great' for champion Lakers to visit Biden White House MORE (D-Calif.) as his running mate. https://bit.ly/3kzysQy

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Jonathan Easley, here’s how Biden decided on Harris:

“When former Vice President Joe Biden began thinking of potential running mates this spring, one of the first people to come to mind was Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).” 

“She was a friend to his late son Beau Biden, former top prosecutor for the state of California and the kind of fighter needed in a campaign against President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report MORE. On top of all that, she already had been through the slugfest of a presidential primary campaign, which included several direct confrontations with Biden himself.” 

The full thought processhttps://bit.ly/3kzysQy 

New — This video begins and ends with clips of Biden asking her over video chat:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2XRfCuk

HAPPENING AT 3:50 P.M. EDT — THE DUO’S FIRST EVENT!:

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Biden and running mate Harris are speaking in Wilmington, Del., together for the first time since the announcement. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3amGmrY

It’s Wednesday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and  Facebook

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WHAT TO KNOW:

Three pros

  1. Choosing Harris is historic.
  2. She is a strong debater.
  3. She is a low-risk choice for Biden. https://bit.ly/2PM8zis 

Three cons

  1. Her own presidential campaign flopped. She dropped out two months before Iowa.
  2. One of her strongest moments was at Biden’s expense during a debate.
  3. She is not the most progressive pick, and liberals may not be excited. 

Explanations for each from The Hill’s Niall Stanagehttps://bit.ly/2PM8zis  

Who could fill Harris’s Senate seat if Biden wins: Here’s the shortlist, via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Alexander Boltonhttps://bit.ly/33TuGeW 

The New York Times’s Jonathan Martin weighs in: “what most Dems won’t say out loud: the nature of a corona campaign makes life w this ticket w lot easier.  both biden and kamala will largely get to avoid the spontaneity at events & in gaggles that has gotten them in trouble in the past” https://bit.ly/3fSs833

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

I respect a pun more than anyone:

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2XSCAS4


Wow, check out this visual representation of tweets about the Harris announcementhttps://bit.ly/3agKMAx

 

*Cue Mary-Kate and Ashley* — ‘Website for sale, only 100k!’: “BidenHarris.com for sale for nearly 100k. This spring it was 65k.” (Via The Hill’s Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's Morning Report - President Biden, Vice President Harris begin work today Incoming lawmakers stress coronavirus relief, economy as first priority of new session Rep.-elect Issa says Trump should attend Biden inauguration MOREhttps://bit.ly/3agPjmq  

Throwback — Biden swore in Harris in 2017: “Biden-Harris: Then-Vice President Joe Biden swore in new California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris into US Senate on Senate floor and later in Old Senate Chamber in January 2017.” (Via C-SPAN’s Craig CaplanPhoto and videohttps://bit.ly/3gLeXCe

Harris spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2012: Here’s a clip from her speech: https://bit.ly/2XPfmfu

Harris’s former presidential campaign communications director pulled out a photo from Dec. 2018:

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3gQSK5S

^Here’s the article from the timehttp://bit.ly/2NkUPwH

Today’s front page of Harris’s hometown newspaperhttps://bit.ly/3ajPnSv

Maya Rudolph is trending on Twitter: 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3anfYhp

REACTIONS:

Reaction from former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTom Brokaw retiring from NBC News after 55 years Obama remembers baseball legend Hank Aaron as 'one of the strongest people I've ever met' Baseball legend Hank Aaron dies at 86 MORE: "Choosing a vice president is the first important decision a president makes. Biden nailed this decision.” https://bit.ly/31Gm9t7

From President Trump: "She was my No. 1 pick. I mean, she was ... my No. 1 draft pick, and we’ll see how she works out. She did very, very poorly in the primaries, as you know. She was expected to do well. And she ended up right around 2 percent and spent a lot of money. She had a lot of things happening. So I was a little surprised he picked her." Trump’s full comments on Harrishttps://bit.ly/3kHclb8 

From White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Trump leaves White House, promises to be back in 'some form' LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE: “Birds of a feather flock together. Two career politicians with zero accomplishments, love for the DC Swamp, and an entire campaign of running as far and fast to the political left as they can. Americans will reject this. @realDonaldTrump has delivered. He’ll do it again.” https://bit.ly/3iD31mJ

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2DY8mpo

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

It ain’t over yet! Mikeald! Trence! Prump!:

^Hey, I never said I was skilled at writing campaign slogans ;)

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, here are five conceivable ways President Trump could still win: https://bit.ly/3kBVpTd

  1. A coronavirus recovery
  2. A major Biden gaffe, especially in the debates
  3. A backlash against street protests
  4. The polls are simply wrong
  5. Trump’s ad blitz against Biden works

 

WHAT TEAM TRUMP THINKS ABOUT KAMALA HARRIS:

Via Politico’s Anita Kumar, “Team Trump assails ‘Phony Kamala,’ while privately acknowledging her appeal.” https://politi.co/2PN5632

The payroll tax pause — ‘the political equivalent of touching the highly electrified rail that powers subway cars’:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “President Trump’s pledge to ‘terminate’ the payroll tax that funds Social Security defies the conventional wisdom of staying away from what’s known as the ‘third rail’ of politics.” https://bit.ly/3gQkCqT

“Proposing a major reform to Social Security shortly before an election traditionally has been seen as the political equivalent of touching the highly electrified rail that powers subway cars.”

EXCLUSIVE

New polling on the $600 a week unemployment benefit:

More than half of voters in four Senate swing states are in favor of extending the expanded unemployment insurance, according to new polling from the Justice Collaborative and Data for Progress.  

The numbers: 63 percent of North Carolina voters polled are in favor of extending expanded unemployment insurance during the pandemic, while 29 percent think the unemployment relief should end; 14 percent are undecided. And in the other three states: 51 percent of Maine voters, 60 percent of Arizona voters and 53 percent of Iowa voters think the benefit should continue. 

The full pollhttps://bit.ly/2PSfd6t

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 5,151,369

U.S. death toll: 164,690

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

For context: Two months ago today, 2,027,521 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 113,899 had died. https://bit.ly/2zQHOFa

THE HILL EVENTS

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NOTABLE TWEETS:

That’s a pretty weird move — but 9/10 isn’t too shabby!:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3gPaNte

ON TAP:

The House is out. The Senate is in. President Trump and Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

11 a.m. EDT: The Senate met. The Senate’s full schedulehttps://bit.ly/3iwiyob

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence participate in “Kids First: Getting America’s Children Safely Back to School” in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room.

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoState Dept. to review Trump admin's decision to label Houthis a terrorist organization VOA reinstates White House reporter reassigned after questioning Pompeo Jilani: China 'sending clear message' to Biden officials with sanctions that opposition could lead to 'future pay cut' MORE gave remarks in Prague, Czech Republic. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3fUFhIJ

3:50 p.m. EDT: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) are speaking in Wilmington, Del., together for the first time since the announcement. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3amGmrY

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Julienne Fries Day. And for planning purposes while I’m off, tomorrow is National Filet Mignon Day and Friday is National Creamsicle Day.

And because you made it all the way to the end, here’s a little boy mimicking his favorite animal: https://bit.ly/2PKCbfX