In the run-up to the announcement, though, Joe has praised Harris and their relationship seemed to be more friendly. A post shared by Kamala Harris (@kamalaharris) on Jun 8, 2015 at 7:22pm PDT. Katherine’s a Boston-based contributing editor at Marie Claire online who covers celebrity, fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle—from “The Bachelor” to Everlane to Meghan Markle. “We have to take it seriously. He had enormous respect for her and her work," Biden said in an email to his supporters, explaining his choice to select Harris. When former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced he had selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, it was a historic decision that makes her the first Black woman and first Asian American to run for vice president on a major-party ticket. Since then, Biden has ridiculed Harris, indirectly at least, on issues such as how she would fund her health plan, while Harris has not backed away from her suggestion that Biden has been racially insensitive. It was a moving tribute to Beau, who cared so deeply for his family, the people of Delaware, and our country," Harris wrote in an Instagram post. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign. We were AGs together, and you couldn’t find a person who cared more deeply for his family, the nation he served, and the state of Delaware,” Harris wrote two months ago, with a photo of her and Beau Biden smiling together. I thought a lot about that as I made this decision. Harris and the younger Biden developed a bond in the early 2010s as fellow state attorneys general in California and Delaware, respectively, strategizing on cases and comparing notes as politically ambitious future Democratic stars. I think he’s a great guy.”. His staff had scheduled the visit to help him build a broader political network. "Beau always supported her...I saw them take on big banks, lift up the voices of working people, and protect women and children from abuse and violence," Biden said in a statement. The photo was taken afterward. Harris knew Beau while they were both Attorneys General, and the two became close. Kamala Harris’s Friendship With Joe Biden’s Late Son Was Central To Their First Joint Event. “Why don’t we just have a standing coffee, just get together?” Harris suggested as the two chatted after a photo with her extended family. When Harris was Attorney General for California, Beau Biden was also Attorney General of his home state of Delaware for four years. One of the lesser-known connections between Senator Kamala Harris and presidential hopeful Joe Biden: Joe's son Beau Biden, who passed away from brain cancer in 2015.Harris knew Beau … “We had each other’s backs.”, After the settlement, the two close friends continued working together on a number of issues, including fighting online child abuse imagery, sex trafficking, gun violence, and elder abuse in nursing homes. Up until Beau Biden's death in 2015, Kamala Harris had a friendship with the Delaware politician — and by extension his father Joe Biden. The two were apparently wary that the settlement would absolve several major banks of previous wrongdoing; Beau and Harris negotiated for much higher settlements than originally proposed. This content is imported from Twitter. “Four years after his passing, I still miss him.”. When Biden, as vice president, endorsed Harris’s 2016 Senate campaign, she posted his statement on her campaign website. Beau's death understandably devastated the entire Biden family—and father and son had been particularly close (sources even claimed there was talk of Beau being his father's political "heir"). Biden spoke on behalf of Harris’s Senate run at the 2016 California Democratic convention. Biden called Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff "honorary Bidens. Who Was Joseph R. Biden, Sr., Joe Biden's Father? 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.