California Governor Gavin Newsom calls the choice of Sen. Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's vice-presidential running mate a "proud moment", a "meaningful moment for California." (August 12)
GAVIN NEWSOM: I've known Kamala Harris before she was district attorney in San Francisco, before I became mayor. We, of course, served, were elected the same day, when she was district attorney, when I was mayor. I had the privilege of working with her for two terms.
When she ran for attorney general to be a supporter and advocate for her campaign, I ran myself for lieutenant governor, worked with her as attorney general, and supported her efforts, very proudly so, when she ran for the US Senate, and now as governor, has been working very collaboratively and a very supportive way with her team and with her in the United States Senate.
Accordingly and not surprisingly, based upon that history, based upon that relationship, and my insight in terms of the character and the competency and her devotion to the cause that ignites the vast majority of us, her empathy, her compassion, her learnedness, her doggedness, her commitment to solving problems, not just identifying problems, her executive experience, not just legislative experience, made it an easy decision, when she announced her campaign for president, for me to come out and endorse her.
Couldn't be more proud of that. And so you can imagine how proud I'm feeling, the American people are feeling-- not just Democrats. I have a few Republican friends that actually had a smile on their face yesterday about her candidacy now for the next vice president.
It is a proud moment, historic, and it's a very meaningful-- I'll close on this, forgive me-- meaningful moment for California.