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Barack Obama says 'Joe Biden nailed this decision' in choosing Kamala Harris as running mate

President Barack Obama has praised Joe Biden on his running mate pick for vice president, Kamala Harris. Source: AAP

Barack Obama, Al Gore and other US political figures have reacted to the news that Joe Biden has selected Kamala Harris as his running mate.

Former US president Barack Obama has hailed his former vice president's running mate selection of Kamala Harris, saying "Joe Biden nailed this decision".

"By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America's next vice president, he's underscored his own judgement and character," Mr Obama added.

Mr Obama called Ms Harris an "ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead".

Joe Biden has made history by picking Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first black woman on a major party presidential ticket.
Joe Biden has made history by picking Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first black woman on a major party presidential ticket.
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Meanwhile, climate activist Al Gore also praised the choice as a "victory for those who care about combating the climate crisis".

Mr Gore said in a tweet that Harris "has made climate and environmental justice a top priority" in her political career, and he said she would be a "strong advocate in the White House".

Mr Gore is a former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee who once served as a Tennessee senator alongside Mr Biden.

Mr Gore already has endorsed Mr Biden and has since worked with him on his climate plans.

Joe Biden has made history by picking Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first black woman on a major party presidential ticket.
Joe Biden has made history by picking Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first black woman on a major party presidential ticket.
AAP

Georgia voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams congratulated the Democratic vice presidential candidate after Mr Biden's announcement.

Ms Abrams tweeted that she spoke at length with the 77-year-old over the weekend and again on Tuesday.

The presumptive presidential nominee called several women he considered for the ticket to let them know they were not his final choice.

Ms Abrams praised Mr Biden's "focus on reaching out to every corner of our country" and pledged to work for "Team #BidenHarris" through November.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Mr Biden's selection will energise voters ahead of the general election fight against President Donald Trump.

"This is everything that we need to get people to turn out the vote," Mr Clyburn told MSNBC Tuesday.

Mr Clyburn's backing helped boost Mr Biden across the South Carolina primary finish line, propelling him into victories in later nominating contests.

Kamala Harris is also the first Asian-American on a major presidential ticket.
Kamala Harris is also the first Asian-American on a major presidential ticket.
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And Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised his "dear friend" and fellow Californian Ms Harris for her selection as running mate.

Mr Garcetti is one of Mr Biden's campaign co-chairs and a co-chair of the search committee that helped him navigate his options before making Ms Harris the first black woman to join a US major party national ticket.

The mayor notes in a statement that he and Ms Harris "have been friends for many years", recalling their work together on then-Senator Obama's presidential campaign in 2008.

Mr Garcetti called Harris a true ally for people "who have needed a voice within the corridors of power".

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