Who is Kamala Harris?

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On 3 November 2020, people in the United States will decide who they want to be their president. Due to the way the United States elections work, they will also choose their vice-president for the next four years.

Current US president Donald Trump is hoping to be re-elected by voters alongside his deputy Mike Pence.

Against him is Joe Biden, the Democratic Party candidate for president. Last week he chose Senator Kamala Harris to be his vice-presidential running mate.

It’s a historic pick because Ms Harris is the first black woman and South Asian American to ever be nominated for the role.

Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California to an Indian mother and Jamaican father.
Her parents were both immigrants.
Ms Harris was raised by her Hindu mother, who was a cancer researcher and civil rights activist.
She studied law at Howard University, which is one of America’s most famous historically black universities.
Her name is pronounced ‘comma-la’, like the punctuation mark.

If Joe Biden beats Donald Trump in November’s election, then Ms Harris will make history as the first woman to become vice-president of the United States.

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