Kamala Harris, whom Joe Biden tapped Tuesday as his presidential running mate, is a politician best known for her rise through California’s political system to the U.S. Senate, but she has also forged a foreign policy agenda with a hard edge, calling out U.S. adversaries while saying Washington must reclaim its “moral authority” on the world stage.
In an election that will likely focus primarily on domestic issues, including the coronavirus pandemic, the economic downturn and racial equality, not as much attention has been given to Harris’s foreign policy views. But as a potential vice president who is likely to have a substantial policy portfolio as well as her own future ambitions for the top job, her preferences in this area could prove important.
“She has been deeply concerned about Donald Trump’s efforts to isolate the U.S. from the rest of the world,” said Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, who served as Harris’s national security adviser in the Senate from 2017 to 2018. “She and Joe Biden would repair our relationships with the rest of the world and continue to uphold our commitments to our allies, including NATO and other vital alliances.”