Who is Kamala Harris? Why will she be the Democrats' choice if Biden doesn't continue?

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Caption, Ms. Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States

Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump recently won a ruling in his favor. President Joe Biden must resolve the issue of whether he is “too old” to serve another term. And many top Democrats are turning their attention. Will Vice President Kamala Harris be able to represent the party in the party’s presidential race?

US President Joe Biden, 81, has been under constant criticism for his health and nervous “fitness”. Since the debate with Republican Donald Trump on June 27,

Most recently, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre stepped out to answer reporters' questions on July 8, after The New York Times reported that a Parkinson's disease expert had visited the White House eight times last year.

A reporter asked: Has the president ever been treated for Parkinson's disease? She replied: No. When asked if he is currently being treated for Parkinson's disease, the answer is no.

On the same day, Joe Biden also told MSNBC: “I’m not going anywhere,” adding that “I wouldn’t be running for president if I didn’t believe with all my heart that I was the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump.”

He confirmed that he did not sleep well the night before the discussion. He said that he did not feel well.

The phrase also said, “I'm not going anywhere” on the Fourth of July, the day of the United States' Independence Day. Biden said, “I'm not going anywhere.”

Just one day after the debate, Biden is trying to regain confidence. Speaking at a campaign event in North Carolina, he said, “I know I’m not a young man. Everybody knows that… I can’t talk as well as I used to. I can’t argue as well as I used to. But I know what I know. I know how to tell the truth. I know what’s right and what’s wrong.”

Since the debate, Joe Biden has repeatedly talked about his health to reassure everyone, including Democrats. It remains to be seen what the results will be during the period of August 19-22.

Now top Democrats are debating whether President Joe Biden should step down as his party's presidential candidate and whether there has been a call for Vice President Kamala Harris to replace him in the role.

President Biden’s seniority is thought to be a major factor in his polling disadvantage. And some say it’s for the best if the new campaign starts with Ms. Harris, 59.

However, her approval rating remains low, and there are doubts about whether she made a good enough impression as vice president to be elected president.

How did Kamala Harris get into politics?

Kamala Harris made history in the 2020 presidential election when she became the first woman, first person of color, and first Asian to serve as Vice President of the United States.

In November 2021, she served as Acting President for 75 minutes during President Biden's physical examination.

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Caption, Kamala as a child (left) with her mother and sister Maya.

Harris was born in Oakland, California to immigrant parents; her mother was born in India and her father was born in Jamaica.

When she was five years old, her parents divorced. She was then raised by her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a cancer researcher and human rights activist.

Kamala says her mother allowed her and her younger sister Maya to fully participate in Oakland's black community.

“My mother understood that she was raising two black girls,” she wrote in her autobiography, The Truths We Hold. [อาจแปลเป็นภาษาไทยว่า “ความจริงที่เรายึดถือ”] “I knew her new home would look at Maya and me as black girls,” she continued. “She is determined to make sure we grow up to be confident, proud black women.”

I attended Howard University. It is one of the most famous historically black colleges in the country. There I became involved in political issues such as apartheid in South Africa and race relations in the United States.

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Caption, Ms. Harris began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in Oakland, California.

She holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings, and has worked in various California Attorney General's offices before becoming California Attorney General in 2010.

She was elected to the California State Senate in 2016.

In 2020, Ms. Harris campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination, but she withdrew from the race in the first term.

However, she was chosen by Joe Biden as his vice president when he was nominated.

“Kamala is smart, strong, experienced and a true fighter,” Biden said.

Together, the two defeated then-President and Vice President Donald Trump and Mike Pence, respectively.

Although she played a minor role during the campaign, Ms. Harris’s identity as a woman and a person of color may have played a major role in this victory, because their team won 90% of the votes of black women who went to vote.

What does Kamala do as Vice President?

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Caption, Kamala Harris with Joe Biden is the 2020 Democratic nominee, defeating Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

As Vice President of the United States, they also serve as President of the United States Senate. They have the right to cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie on a bill.

She has set a record by exercising this right 32 times, more than any other vice president in U.S. history.

“Kamala will be the last voice in the room,” Joe Biden said of her role as vice president. “Challenging assumptions and asking tough questions.”

She rose to prominence by traveling the country from 2022 onward to advocate for reproductive rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which had previously made abortion a protected right across the United States.

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Caption, Kamala has not led to a decrease in the number of Central American migrants crossing the border into the southern United States.

However, her approval rating as vice president has been low throughout her tenure. On average, 51% of Americans disapprove of her job performance, and only 37% approve. According to the poll, conducted by Thirty-Five Eight

The BBC's US special correspondent Kathy Kay said the likely reason could be the primary task President Biden gave her as vice president: curbing migration across the southern US border. And she has often failed to do so.

What does Kamala say about Biden's replacement?

Five House Democrats have publicly called on 81-year-old Joe Biden to step down from the party's presidential nomination in November because of his poor performance on the June debate stage with Donald Trump.

Tim Ryan, a representative from Ohio who has been offered Kamala Harris as his replacement, wrote in Newsweek: “I strongly believe that our best path forward is with Kamala Harris. Those who say that nominating Ms. Harris is a greater risk than the Mr. Joe Biden we saw that night… are not.”

California Representative Adam Schiff said Ms. Harris would be called a “great president” and could defeat Mr. Trump. Recent polls “overwhelmingly” suggest that Harris would do better than Mr. Biden in a race against Mr. Trump. But she faces a close race.

CNN Poll Results The poll, released July 2, showed that 43% of voters want Mr Biden as president, while 49% prefer Mr Trump. It also said that if Ms Harris ran for president, 45% would support her and 47% would support Mr Trump.

Others who have been mentioned as potential candidates to replace Mr Biden include California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

However, Ms. Harris declared her continued support for President Biden, saying: “Listen, Joe Biden is our representative. We beat Trump once and we will beat him again.”

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