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Susan Rice: Kamala Harris a 'tremendous running mate' for Biden

Susan Rice: Kamala Harris a 'tremendous running mate' for Biden
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Former national security adviser Susan RiceSusan RicePresidential Twitter account follows Chrissy Teigen Biden signs executive order rescinding controversial 1776 Commission Biden to nix border wall, 'Muslim ban' on first day in office MORE praised 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’s selection of 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, adding that she would be “proud” to serve in a Biden administration.

Rice, who was reportedly on Biden’s shortlist, told NBC News’s Savannah Guthrie early Wednesday that Harris was a “great choice.”

“She's going to make a tremendous running mate for Joe Biden,” Rice said. “I'm very confident that the Biden-Harris ticket will be a winning one.”

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Rice also said she was “honored and humbled” to have been considered to share the Democratic ticket with the former vice president, and said that “I'll do everything I possibly can to help Joe Biden become the next president of the United States and to help him succeed in governing in whatever form of fashion he wants.”

“I'm proud to serve him in any way he’d like,” Rice, who served with Biden in the Obama administration, added.

She also said Harris’s status as the first woman of color on a major party ticket was “so exciting,” adding that it was “past time.”

“Black women are the backbone of the nation, not just the Democratic Party,” she said. “I think it is energizing, it’s exciting, it’s historic.”

Rice also said that she did not believe Harris was significantly to Biden’s left, and that the two were “very compatible” politically.

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“The Republicans and Donald 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 in particular have nothing to run on, except attacks. They have been set up to position their assault on whoever was to be the vice presidential select as left and socialist. It's not true. That is not who Kamala Harris is. And it’s not who Joe Biden is,” she said.

During the primaries, Harris and Biden clashed in an early debate over the former vice president’s opposition to desegregation busing in the 1970s.

Biden, who pledged to name a woman his running mate during the primaries, officially announced his selection of Harris Tuesday afternoon.