Tonight the nation will tune in to see Senator Kamala Harris debate Vice President Mike Pence.
It’s not an overstatement to say that perhaps never before has there been as much interest in a vice-presidential debate as there is in the history-making one tonight.
Sen. Harris is the first Black and first Asian American person to be nominated by a major party for Vice President, and, of course, she is a trailblazing woman. But she is so much more than that. She has been an accomplished, creative leader on public safety and criminal justice reform for decades. As San Francisco District Attorney and as California’s Attorney General, she has fought for regular people confronting systemic injustice. I am proud to champion her candidacy, and I am proud to have her endorsement for mine.
On the issues facing our country, the difference between the two candidates could not be starker. Vice President Pence was charged with leading the administration’s COVID-19 response. The tragic results, due to poor leadership, and incompetent coordination with the states, speak for themselves.
More than 200,000 people have died and millions have been infected with the virus as a result of the Trump Administration’s behavior. But he must be held to account for more than his demonstrably poor administrative abilities; he has been an active conduit for misinformation, conspiracy theories and outright deceptions that have kept our country from what could have been a timely and robust recovery from the pandemic.
Tonight, we’ll be rooting for the truth-teller who believes in science, medicine, racial and gender equity, marriage equality, sensible immigration reform and yes, public safety. The difference between the two is that Sen. Harris understands that law and order are supposed to be a means to an end — justice for the people.
I’ll be discussing the debate with Charity Chandler-Cole, President for the Black Los Angeles Young Democrats, on Instagram Live right after it ends, please join us to exhale, espouse and share your thoughts.