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Sarah Palin offers Harris advice: 'Don't get muzzled'

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, offered Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMichelle Obama says 'everyone was concerned' about potential violence at Biden inauguration Ella Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? MORE some advice Tuesday following the news that the California Democrat has been tapped to be Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE’s running mate. 

Palin, the second and most recent woman to be a major-ticket vice presidential nominee, urged Harris to “trust no one new” and “fight mightily to keep your own team with you.”

“Don’t get muzzled,” she said. “Connect with media and voters in your own unique way. Some yahoos running campaigns will suffocate you with their own self-centered agenda so remember YOU were chosen for who YOU are. So stay connected with America as you smile and ignore deceptive ‘handlers’ trying to change you.”

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Former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro (D-N.Y.) was the first woman to appear on a major-party ticket when she ran as the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee in 1984. 

Biden ended months of speculation earlier Tuesday when he announced he was tapping Harris to serve as his No. 2, praising her tenure as California attorney general and her time as a senator.

“Her record of accomplishment — fighting tooth and nail for what’s right — is why I’m choosing her. There is no door Kamala won’t knock on, no stone she’ll leave unturned, if it means making life better — for the people,” he said in an email to supporters announcing his highly anticipated pick.