Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as she ‘had Beau’s back’ in nod to late son

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The President-elect’s son, Beau Biden sadly passed away in 2015 following a brief battle with brain cancer aged 46. He was first diagnosed with the illness in 2013 after he suffered dizzy spells, headaches, and disorientation. A lesion was removed from his brain, yet two years later a more aggressive cancer returned and, after being admitted to hospital in May 2015, he died just ten days later.

A grand funeral was held for the former military commander, who was deployed to Iraq in 2008, with many high-profile figures giving speeches on their fondness of Beau, including then President Barack Obama.

Mr Biden has since picked Kamala Harris as his Vice President, with the nomination appearing to veer on the sentimental, as Ms Harris and Beau forged a strong relationship having previously worked as Attorney Generals on some crossover cases.

While Beau served Delaware, Ms Harris worked in California, but the pair began working closely together while negotiating with banks during the foreclosure crisis in 2011 and 2012.

Writing in her memoir, ‘The Truths We Hold: An American Journey’ Ms Harris briefly detailed the strong nature of her friendship to Beau, calling him an “incredible friend and colleague” who became a close collaborator.

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Ms Harris wrote: “There were periods, when I was taking heat, that Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day.

“We had each other’s back.”

She said she relied on support from Beau as an ally through her decision to pull California out of an agreement among all 50 state Attorney Generals and the Justice Department to investigate banks and allegations of foreclosure abuse during the 2011 housing crisis, explaining how an initial settlement amounted to “crumbs” for California.

Critics had warned that leaving negotiations would kneecap states, urging officials to pressure banks to wring more out of a settlement, but Beau and Ms Harris stuck together through the intense process and came out with a deal.

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A year following Beau’s death, Ms Harris, at the California Democratic convention, said that the Biden family “truly represents our nation’s highest ideals, a powerful belief in the nobility of public service,” while Mr Biden had, “given so much to our country and on top of everything he has accomplished, he gave to us my dear friend Beau”.

Later that year, Mr Biden backed Ms Harris’s Senate campaign, and she endorsed him for President in 2020, initially having stood against him and criticised his political history in the preliminaries.

After choosing Ms Harris as his running mate, Mr Biden sent an email out to his supporters explaining the decision, and wrote: “They were both Attorneys General at the same time. He had enormous respect for her and her work.

“I thought a lot about that as I made this decision.


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“There is no one’s opinion I valued more than Beau’s and I’m proud to have Kamala standing with me on this campaign.”

Shortly after, in a post to Instagram, Mr Biden said: “I have the great honour to announce that I’ve picked Kamala Harris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.

“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.”

Ms Harris has herself previously hinted that if it wasn’t for Beau, she might never have got to know Mr Biden.

In a speech to the nation following his election victory, she said: “While I first knew Joe as Vice President, I really got to know him as the father who loved Beau, my dear friend, who we remember here today.”

Earlier this week Mr Biden was confirmed by the Electoral College.

Mr Biden said it was “time to turn the page” after US democracy had been “pushed, tested and threatened” and “proved to be resilient, true and strong”.

He condemned President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the decision, after the former businessman accused Mr Biden of winning on voter fraud, something which has since been debunked.

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