It's on - Are Biden and Harris a dream ticket for voters?

It's on - Are Biden and Harris a dream ticket for voters?

August 13, 20202 min read

For some it is a dream come true. For Donald Trump – there appears to be a nightmare on the horizon. When Joe Biden chose Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, it seemed like the ultimate trump card was played on the president himself.  

The announcement dominated newscasts across the globe.

Harris is a strong candidate with a political resume that few can rival. Her young age off-sets that of Biden and the fact that she is a woman of color – and the chance for America to make history once again – makes the path to the White House seem unstoppable.

However – no campaign is perfect, nor easy in America these days. And voters should expect lots of political punches and mudslinging in the party conventions and debates, all the way up to Election Day. 

  • What can Americans expect as the campaigns kick off?
  • Will Harris’s past policies and record as Attorney General dull her shine?
  • She clashed last summer with Biden over issues of race – has all been forgiven and forgotten?
  • And is America finally ready to elect a woman of color into the highest halls of government?

It is going to be a long and winding road until the November election – and if you are a journalist covering this topic, the University of Mary Washington has one of the foremost political experts in the country who can help with your stories.

Dr. Stephen Farnsworth is a sought-after political commentator on presidential politics. He has been widely featured in national media, including The Washington Post, Reuters, The Chicago Tribune, and MSNBC.

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    Stephen Farnsworth Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

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