Fiorina: Biden picking Harris for VP 'a smart choice'

Fiorina: Biden picking Harris for VP 'a smart choice'
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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a onetime GOP presidential candidate, said Wednesday that Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTexas Democratic official urges Biden to visit state: 'I thought he had his own plane' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements A game theorist's advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat MORE (D-Calif.) was “a smart choice” for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE’s 2020 running mate.

“From a political point of view, I think it was a smart choice. I think he really needed to select a woman of color,” Fiorina said on SiriusXM’s “Wharton Business Daily.”

Fiorina said she disagrees with both Harris and the Democratic Party “on many things,” but added “setting aside those disagreements as a woman, I think it is high time that we see a ferociously self-determined, highly accomplished, thoroughly prepared woman of color at the top of the national ticket.”

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“And I think regardless of people's political persuasions, I think honestly it just reminds us that diversity and possibility are the core of what makes this nation great,” she added.

Biden pledged during the Democratic primaries that, if he became the nominee, he would name a woman as his vice presidential pick. He announced the selection of Harris on Tuesday.

Harris is the first woman of color on a major party ticket and only the fourth woman overall.

After Fiorina ended her 2016 presidential campaign, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCrenshaw looms large as Democrats look to flip Texas House seat SCOTUS confirmation in the last month of a close election? Ugly The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' MORE (R-Texas) announced her as his running mate, despite the selection usually coming after a candidate has secured the party nomination. Cruz lost the Indiana primary to now-President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE and suspended his campaign shortly after.

Fiorina said in June that she plans to vote for Biden in November, saying she could not support Trump and considered the election a binary choice.

“I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility and empathy and character. I think he’s demonstrated that through his life,” she said. “And I think we need humility and empathy everywhere in public life right now. And I think character counts.”