Harris prepares to make history with VP acceptance speech

Politics

FILE – In this Aug. 12, 2020, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks after Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden introduced her as his running mate during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (NewsNation) — Kamala Harris is poised to make history on Wednesday as the first Black and Asian American woman to accept a spot on a major party’s presidential ticket.

This will be her second time speaking to the Democratic National Convention. But the stakes are high as Harris tries to unite the party behind its presidential candidate, Joe Biden, while also introducing herself to a national audience who may be tuning into the campaign for the first time.

“For somebody with her wealth of background and experience, she’s still fresh. She’s still new,” said Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus who endorsed Harris’ own 2020 presidential primary run before formally throwing her support behind Biden in March. “I think people are looking for that.”

If elected, Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, would be the United States’ first female, first Black and first Asian American vice president.

Harris won’t have the spotlight to herself on Wednesday: The man she’s vying to unseat, Vice President Mike Pence, is visiting Wisconsin in the hours before Harris’ speech. Pence is expected to speak on Biden’s policies towards workers.

Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of BlackPAC, which works to mobilize African American voters nationally, said Harris’ speech will likely carry special significance for women around the country that could resonate for years.

“The historic nature of this, I don’t think can be overstated,” Shropshire said. “It will be a really profound moment for women.”

On the third night of the virtual Democratic National Convention, Harris will be joined by former President Barack Obama, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Massachusetts Sen. and former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, who are all slated to deliver remarks.

Wednesday’s speech will be Clinton’s sixth to the Democratic National Convention. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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