Pence jabs at Harris after she's picked as VP nominee

Vice President Pence jabbed at Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris honors Ginsburg, visits Supreme Court The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins Kamala Harris: Black Americans have been 'disproportionately harmed' by Trump MORE (D-Calif.) after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE tapped her as his running mate.

Pence worked to cast Harris as a part of the “radical left” and said he was looking forward to debating her later this year in the sole head-to-head event they will have.

“As you all know, Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have been overtaken by the radical left. So given their promises of higher taxes, open borders, socialized medicine and abortion on demand, it's no surprise that he chose Sen. Harris,” Pence told a crowd in Mesa, Ariz. 

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“You all might like to know that the vice presidential debate is on Oct. 7 in Utah! So my message to the Democratic nominee for vice president: Congratulations. I'll see you in Salt Lake City!”

The challenge from Pence comes after Biden announced Harris as his No. 2 after months of speculation, citing her tenure as a senator and California attorney general.

“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. 

Opponents of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE have noted Harris’s prosecutorial style, which was displayed in debates during her own run for the presidency, as a reason for her potency as a running mate, with some saying they looked forward to seeing her debate Pence.

"This was the pick that scared them the most," MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said of Trump’s campaign. "They thought she would more than go toe-to-toe with Pence."