Biden raises USD 26 m in 24 hours after VP announcement
Wilmington (US): Joe Biden raised USD 26 million in the 24 hours after he named Kamala Harris as his running mate, doubling his previous one-day record and signaling enthusiasm among Democrats following the selection of the first Black woman on a major party’s presidential ticket.
“It’s really palpable, the excitement,” Biden said Wednesday.
The campaign hopes the haul is the beginning of a prolific fundraising push in the final stretch before Election Day.
Democrats are close to matching, if not surpassing, the massive USD 300 million cash stockpile President Donald Trump and Republicans reported in July.
Harris is expected to play a key role in that effort. She joined Biden in Delaware on Wednesday for their first fundraiser together as running mates, where she talked to grassroots donors about how her parents’ activism inspired her interest in politics.
“This is a campaign that really fuels my hope because it is about knowing that this is fighting for something and not against something and it’s fighting for the best we are as a nation,” Harris said.
“It’s fighting for the best of who we can be.”
With in-person events out of the question due to the pandemic, the campaign has an aggressive schedule of online fundraisers planned for Harris.
That could play to one of her political strengths and offset an area where Biden has sometimes struggled.
Harris already has a robust network of donors in her native California, a state that has long been referred to as the ATM of the Democratic Party.
She can rake in cash from Wall Street. And Harris, who is also of Asian descent, has the potential to bring new money into the Democratic fold due to the historic nature of her candidacy.