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Obama on Harris as VP: 'Joe Biden nailed this decision'

Former President Obama on Tuesday commended Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden pushes into Trump territory The Hill's Campaign Report: One week from Election Day | Biden looks to expand map | Trump trails narrowly in Florida, Arizona The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - One week out, where the Trump, Biden race stands MORE (D-Calif.) after Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE selected her to be his running mate, saying the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has an "ideal partner" to tackle the "real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead."

"Choosing a vice president is the first important decision a president makes," Obama said in a statement. "Joe Biden nailed this decision.

"By choosing Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character," he added. "Reality shows us that these attributes are not optional in a president. They’re requirements of the job. And now Joe has an ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead."

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Biden earlier Tuesday announced that Harris would be his running mate, setting her up to be the first Black woman to be vice president if Biden defeats President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE in the November election. 

In announcing the decision, Biden described Harris, a former rival in the Democratic presidential primary, as "smart, tough, and ready to lead." He also lauded her career in public office, including her time spent as the attorney general of California. Obama echoed those comments, saying that Harris is "more than prepared for the job" and that her story embodies a "fundamentally American perspective."

"It’s a perspective we can all rally behind right now," Obama said. "This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing."

Harris has served as the junior senator representing California since 2017. She launched a campaign for president last year, and her signature moment came during a primary debate in which she confronted Biden on his civil rights record. 

Harris suspended her campaign before the primaries kicked off after polls showed her trailing several candidates. 

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Biden said in March that he would pick a female running mate if he earned the Democratic nomination. Harris had emerged as a favorite to become his pick as the former vice president neared a decision. 

In April, she said that she would be "honored" to to serve in Biden's Cabinet as vice president. 

"I think what's most important is that we all join together, that we unify the party, that we unify the country and that we elect Joe Biden because Donald Trump does not know how to do the job," she said at the time.