Joe Biden announced California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday as other politicians and strategists on both sides weighed in on the decision.
President Trump spoke at the White House Tuesday saying "she was my No. 1 pick."
She attended Howard University and previously held positions as the California Attorney General and DA for San Francisco.
Democratic strategist Robert Shrum, director of the Center for the Political Future at USC, David Jolly, attorney and former Republican member of Congress for Florida's 13th congressional district, and Christine Pelosi, California delegate to the Democratic National Committee and chair of the California Democratic Party's Women's Caucus, joined KNX In-Depth Tuesday as the breaking news swept across the media landscape.
Shrum weighed in on the pick saying Biden was the front runner of the presidential nomination from the very beginning and secured it early on despite setbacks in Iowa and New Hampshire.
"Kamala Harris was the front runner for the VP nod from the very beginning of this process. I think she is a very strong choice. She is an excellent debater," Shrum said. "Her problem, when she ran for president, was she never settled on a single message that had resonance with people. But that's not a problem now because the message will be given to her by the Biden campaign. She doesn't have to come up with it herself."
Jolly said in the interview it's clear that Biden is reaching for history by choosing Harris.
"It's an important moment in the nation to reflect upon that and Joe Biden also knows the politics of this race. He has to rebuild what was considered the 'Obama coalition,' the mainstream Democrats, the labor Democrats as well as the energy that we saw within the African American voting community that built out the Obama coalition and that I believe what was really driving today's pick," Jolly said.
Pelosi said Biden did well to pick Harris as his vice-presidential candidate.
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Biden had indicated he would pick a female vice-presidential candidate on Tuesday.
The virtual Democratic National Convention will begin next week, as seen in the schedule below from CBS News, and there is a line-up of speakers including California Gov. Gavin Newsom next Thursday and Biden on the same day as well.