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Local reactions give insight on Biden's decision on Harris as his running mate

Posted at 10:22 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 01:22:49-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Tuesday, 23ABC spoke with both Democratic and Republican groups here locally, both having opposing views, and we also heard from the Global Ambassador with ShePOWER who says Kamala Harris is now making history being the first black woman in this position.

"We can not have a voice at the table if we are not representing who we are talking about. So this is perfect timing to have a black woman at the table. We have huge injustices. And we know any woman could have came and healed America. But just to have a black woman I think we are going to move leaps and bounds," said Arleana Waller, ShePOWER global ambassador.

Christian Romo with the Kern County Democratic Central Committee also believes this is a right choice saying he thinks Biden and Harris balance each other out..

"I think they are the best pair to take on the very pressing issues of COVID, the economy, national security, and even racial inequality. She compliments his weaknesses she compliments his and this is the best team to lead our country into the future," said Romo.

But Matthew Martin with Kern County Republican believes Harris lacks experience in comparison to Trump's running mate, Mike Pence.

"You are talking about a former Chief Executive of his home state there in Indiana versus Kamala Harris. She's a junior senator, not even served three years of her term yet," said Martin.
But he also believes that Harris is a fighter and it will be a tough debate between the two heading into the November elections.

"She's going to get down in the ditch, she,s going to be tough, and Mike Pence is very polite, a gentleman, he's going to have to step it up there to be able to go tit for tap, jab for jab. But at the end of the day, we will have to see the American people will have to decide," Martin continued.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are expected to speak together as running mates for the first time in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday.