Harris gives first interview as nominee to The 19th news

Harris gives first interview as nominee to The 19th news
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRepublicans would need a promotion to be 'paper tigers' Democrats' reconciliation bill breaks Biden's middle class tax pledge We have a presidential leadership crisis — and it's only going to get worse MORE (D-Calif.) gave her first sit-down interview as the Democratic vice presidential candidate to The 19th News on Friday, touching on a wide range of topics, including the historical nature of her candidacy. 

"Joe BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE had the audacity to choose a Black woman to be his running mate," Harris told reporter Errin Haines. "He decided he was going to do that thing that was about breaking one of the most substantial barriers that has existed in our country, and he made that decision, with whatever risk that brings.”

The interview comes days after Biden announced Harris would be his running mate, making her the first African American and Indian American woman to be on a major party's presidential ticket in the U.S.


The conversation was apart of the outlet's inaugural series, The 19th Represents. The outlet was established earlier this year and is devoted to covering the intersection of gender, policy and politics. 

Harris also touched on the centennial of the 19th Amendment, acknowledging that its passing in 1920 did not give women of color the right to vote. 

"I do think about the ability of women at every stage to build a coalition and fight together, but let’s also acknowledge the disparities that still exist based on race, and let's all work together," Harris said. 

When asked what she would fight for if she was elected the first female vice president, Harris replied: "Everything." 

“In a Biden-Harris administration, women are going to be a priority, understanding that women have many priorities and all of them must be acknowledged," Harris said.