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Sen. Kamala Harris formally accepts VP nomination

Posted at 9:55 PM, Aug 19, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Sen. Kamala Harris made history Wednesday as the first African American and first Asian American woman to be nominated to a major party's ticket.

"I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States of America," she said on stage on night three the virtual Democratic National Convention.

In a night that saw other Democratic Party trailblazers including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, Harris formally introduced herself to America as the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

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"I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman, all of 5 feet tall who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California," she said.

Harris spoke about her mom, how she could have never imagined her daughter being in the place she is now. She says she rooted her lifelong fight for justice in the values of her parents - both immigrants - that they shared.

"In the streets of Oakland and Berkeley, I got a stroller-eye view of people getting into what the great John Lewis called 'good trouble.'" Harris said.

It was those early experiences with the civil rights movement that Harris says paved the way for her career path as a former prosecutor, state attorney general, California senator, and now, nominee for vice president.

Wednesday, she laid out the vision she and Joe Biden share for America.

"Joe and I believe that we can build that beloved community, one that is strong and decent, just and kind. One in which we can all see ourselves," she said.

The daughter of immigrants, Harris says she was taught from an early age to be a strong Black woman, proud of her Indian heritage, and now being able to represent so many while running for vice president.

Thursday, Joe Biden is expected to give his speech as he officially accepts the party's nomination for president.