Former VP taps Sen. Harris as running mate, Fil Ams react to Biden’s pick

by Ricky Rillera

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NEW YORK – Former Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday Senator Kamala Harris of California will be his nominee for vice president. She becomes the first Indian American woman to be nominated for Vice President in history and also the first Asian American.

Melissa Ramoso, city council member, Artesia City, CA, and national campaign co-chair for Filipino Americans for Biden, called Joe Biden’s choice of Sen. Harris for Vice President, “a historic selection Filipino Americans can be proud of and it energizes our community for the November elections”. “Joe Biden picked Senator Harris as his running mate because she could be president on day one,” she said. “She has good judgement, good leadership skills and can be a trusted advisor to Biden.”

Biden announced his decision through text message and email to his campaign supporters. “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” he said on Instagram. “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

Harris emerged from a field of seven women finalists that reportedly included Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), former national security adviser Susan Rice, Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), Val Demings (D-FL) and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. A woman has never served as president or vice president in the U.S. Hillary Clinton was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016. Two women have been nominated as running mates on major party tickets: Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Republican Sarah Palin in 2008.

Melissa Ramoso (L), city council member, Artesia City, CA, and Justlyn Manuel (R), city council member, Daly City, CA | Photo PDM File

“Joe Biden choosing Senator Harris will dramatically improve how the voters look at his candidacy and values. It send the right messages about how he will be President, ” said Juslyn Manalo, Daly City, CA. Council Member, and California Co-Chair for Filipino Americans for Biden.

Harris, 55, a senator from California and former state attorney general and San Francisco district attorney becomes the first woman of color to be named to a national political ticket by a major party. The senator has spent the last four years speaking out against injustice, establishing a reputation for her brilliant questioning of Brett Kavanaugh and Attorney General Bill Barr.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Howard University and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is married to attorney Douglas Emhoff and is the stepmother to Cole and Ella, Emhoff’s two children from his previous marriage.

Fil Ams react to Biden’s choice of his running mate

Galicano Clemente Munar | Photo Facebook

Reached by the Philippine Daily Mirror to comment on Biden’s selection of Harris, Galicano Clemente Munar, a Filipino American community leader from Jersey City said: “I find her very intelligent and a well-accomplished lawyer and politician. I envy her accomplishments as Attorney General and presently as senator, but I am not so happy to note, that she was chosen to be Biden’s running mate, not because of the impressive resume, but primarily because of her gender and the color of her skin. With barely three months remaining before the elections, I don’t think she’ll be helpful to Biden’s campaign.”

“I applaud the choice of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s vice-presidential candidate. Women of color know how it feels to work doubly hard only to get half the recognition, to get knocked down, to climb back up, and to emerge stronger and victorious,” said Lara Gregory, Esq., a Filipino American from New York. “Nothing fazes them. It’s what actually drives them to be in the practice of law in the toughest cities in the country. I know. Just like Kamala, I’m a woman of color and I’m a lawyer, too!”

Lara Gregory, Esq.
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“My immediate reaction to the selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s vice-presidential candidate for the Democrat Party based on the black color of her skin is a perfect example of racism that minorities have complained about. It thus bolsters my previous comments on race in America that the African-American or Black American community is the most racist among all ethnic groups living in the United States,” said Filipino American Gonzalo ‘Jun’ Policarpio, a former 2003 and 2007 U.S. House of Representatives candidate to the 5th district of New York.

Gonzalo ‘Jun’ Policarpio
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Added Policarpio: “A simple explanation may be traceable to this group’s having suffered so much from slavery that the trauma in their psyche has never healed. So the intent to get back at their abusers is still intact never subdued or forgotten. [F]rom another political perspective, the Biden/Harris presidential ticket can best be described as the most outlandish and weird in terms of its advocacy for legalized criminal conduct such as prostitution and prohibited substance abuse, anti-capitalist economic policies, wanton killing of babies in mothers’ wombs, and destruction of our American culture and legacy.”

Filipino American Irene Bueno, former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services and Special Assistant to President Clinton in the Domestic Policy Council and Chief of Staff’s office, emphasized “Senator Kamala Harris is supremely qualified and will represent not only women, but also voices that have been marginalized for so long. Joe Biden choosing (VP nominee) will dramatically improve how the voters look at his candidacy and values. It sends the right messages about how he will be President.”

Irene Bueno (L) and Loida Nicolas-Lewis (R) | Photo PDM

“Trump will be leaving the presidency and our country in tatters because of the coronavirus pandemic and the US will still be most likely in the middle of a public health crisis. Biden chose (VP nominee) because he needs a reliable and strong partner to build our country back better, ” said Loida Lewis, Filipino Americans for Biden National Convention Spokesperson.”

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Meanwhile, Fil Am Alice Abasolo, widely known Trump loyalist from New Jersey, said: “Just as many American workers have feared, Biden’s VP pick, Senator Kamala Harris, confirms where Biden wants to take America, which is the radical far left agenda with Communist/Socialist’s ideas. Helping our economy recover is NOT on its radical agenda. Both Biden & Harris want to raise taxes. It’s safe to say no American wants a Communist/Socialist America. America is a Capitalistic society, thriving on the American Dream. #MAGA Trump 2020 Landslide here we come!”

In a much tempered tone in her comment, Filipina American lawyer Lily Cueva from New York, told the Philippine Daily Mirror that the choice of Kamala Harris is a compelling and powerful choice. “It could be considered a game-changer for those who have reservations voting for Biden as President this coming November elections,” Cueva said.

“The fact that Senator Harris is a woman of color, who is bi-racial coming from African American and South Asian American parentage, appeals to the current clamor for diversity and representation not just of BLM advocates, but for a cross-section of Americans, including those who eschew “hyphenated Americanism”, but simply want more access and representation for women and people of color to the highest offices of the land.”

Lily Cueva, Esq. | Photo Facebook

She believes that Harris definitely injects more dynamism in the coming elections because of her background. “If she wins, then it will certainly be historic for women being able to break more glass ceilings. She definitely appears competent and has strong academic and professional background,” continued Cueva. “But as voters, I believe that we should transcend identity politics and listen to the platforms and policies of the candidates, check their track records, and most importantly for me, find out if their agenda align with our own principles and values.”

The 2020 Democratic National Convention

The 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) will take place over four nights beginning Monday, August 17 and conclude on Thursday, August 20. It will be aired live from 9:00-11:00 PM Eastern. Delegates to the convention will choose the party’s nominees for president and vice president in the 2020 election. At that time, it will also adopt the party’s platform as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities.

The 2020 Republican National Convention

Following the DNC’s event, the GOP Convention will be held August 24-27 culminating in President Trump’s nomination from Charlotte, North Carolina with about 300 delegates casting proxy votes on behalf of the more than 2,500 official delegates according to the Washington Post.

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