NEW YORK (77 WABC) — The ticket of Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris are set to take on President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The Harris pick, while historic, is also a safe pick, Alain Sanders said, a retired political science professor at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City.
He said Harris is a “very predictable choice” who “fulfills many of his needs to appeal to the base of the Democratic party.”
Harris, who is moderate with left leanings, matches well with Biden.
“That is ideological consistency and very important for him,” Sanders told WABCRadio.com.
Plus, her being more than two decades younger allows Biden to be the so-called transitional candidate toward the future.
There is also hope that Harris could bring moderate Republicans into the campaign.
Along with her ability to secure female and Black voters, “she’s not shy.”
The senator from California is known for her tenacity, as seen in a debate with Biden last year. It could allow Biden to maintain his statesmanlike stance, while Harris can be the typical “attack dog.”
“She’s a very courageous politician,” he said.
Harris may resume her attacks of Trump as she did during the primary season. But the president isn’t waiting to fire salvos at the new running mate, tweeting that she “finished weak” and left the race with “almost zero support.”
Trump added, “That’s the kind of opponent everyone dreams of.”
“So far the attacks that the president has made on Joe Biden have not resonated,” Sanders said. “So we’ll have to see whether they resonate, vis-a-vis Kamala Harris.”
But the professor speculated that Trump could be chastising Harris or Biden because of fear that “the opponent is very good.”