《北威觀測站》 拜登公開副手「完美人選」
《Bellwether Watchpoint》Joe Biden Picked a “Perfect Partner”  2020.8.14

撰寫:Abby Dzeng

民主黨總統候選人拜登在美國時間週二(8/11)公布了副手人選:加州參議員卡瑪拉・哈里斯(Kamala Harris),讓她成為首位在美國大選選票上出現的黑人女性。哈里斯生於加州奧克蘭(Oakland California),亞買加裔的父親曾是美國史丹佛大學教授,而印度裔的母親生前則是一名癌症研究員。哈里斯有著堅決、正義的形象,曾任奧克蘭的地區檢察官,更在2010年選上加州檢察長,為美國史上第一位擔任此職務的女性和非裔、亞裔美國人。

拜登在週二表示,會做此決定是因為她「牙爪並施」地為「人民更好的生活而奮戰」。她從拜登確定成為民主黨候選人後便一直是被熱議的副手人選;雖然有其他出色的政客,卻沒有人能夠為拜登帶來同樣的效益。今年以來,美國種族、司法問題一一浮上水面,讓美國人民對某些議題的敏感度升至前所未有的高度。哈里斯的種族背景讓民主黨支持者中一大部分人更能夠產生共鳴與親切感,而她身為美國人口密度最高之州的參議員,本身便擁有大批支持者,在去年也角逐過總統大位。除此之外,哈里斯在近年透過競選參議員、總統候選人之位展現了強勁的募資能力,直接顯示出她在投票人眼中的魅力。哈里斯專業的執法背景、少數族群的出身,搭配上她強大的領袖魅力和辯論能力,讓她補齊了拜登所有的缺陷,也使她成為拜登副手的不二人選。

除了拜登副手,哈里斯也被視為民主黨的希望。如拜登在十一月當選成為總統,在2024年大選時便已超過80歲;雖然他尚未提及連任之事,但是哈里斯極有可能在拜登後上位。眾多華爾街人士紛紛讚揚拜登選到了「完美的搭擋」,稱哈里斯是「極好」人選。就連川普最大支持者之一,共和黨參議員格雷厄姆(Graham)都在推特上表示哈里斯會是「強大的競爭對手。她聰慧、來勢洶洶,並完全接受了民主黨的自由主義。」

資料來源:CNBC、New York Times

《Bellwether Watchpoint》Joe Biden Picked a “Perfect Partner” 2020.8.14

By Abby Dzeng

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden revealed his running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, on Tuesday (8/11), making her the first Black woman to appear on a major’s party’s national ticket. Harris was born in Oakland, California, with a Jamaican father who was a Stanford University professor and an Indian mother who was a cancer researcher. Harris has a reputation for her toughness, she worked as Oakland’s deputy district attorney and was once elected attorney general of California, becoming the first woman, as well as first African and Asian American to hold this position.

Biden explained that his decision was based on her willingness to “fight tooth and nail” to “[make] life better – for the people.” Since Biden became the Democratic presidential nominee, Harris has been a popular potential running mate. Although there were others who stood out, none of them could provide Biden with the advantages that Harris could offer. In recent months, issues regarding racism and law enforcements are surfacing in the United States, and people are yearning for changes more than ever before. Harris’s diverse racial heritage resonates with many Democratic voters, and serving as Senator in the most populous state in the country has brought her countless supporters to begin with. In addition, Harris has proved (through her political campaigns) to possess a great ability to raise funds, which is an indicator of her popularity and connections. Harris’s professional law enforcement experiences, distinct heritage, as well as her strong charisma and debate skills, all shaped her to be the missing piece of Biden’s appeal and thus make her the perfect fit.

Harris might also be a symbol of hope for the Democrats. If Biden wins the election and becomes president in November, by the time the next election rolls around, he will be past 80. Even though nothing about the next election has been mentioned, many people are seeing Harris as the next Democratic president, after Biden. Many Wall Street executives are glad that Biden found himself a “perfect partner,” referring to Harris as a “great choice.” Even Republican Senator Graham praised Harris in a tweet, calling her a “formidable opponent” who is “smart, aggressive, and has fully bought in to the Democratic Party’s very liberal agenda.”

 

 

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