The Democrat nominee for US President Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris to run with him on the national ticket as vice president. Harris is the first woman of colour to run on a major national party ticket in the United States. What is the impact of a vice-presidential candidate on the success of the national ticket? What is the role of the vice president electorally and within the governance of the presidency? Doug Becker speaks with Jeremi Suri and Arthur Auerbach.

Jeremi Suri is a Professor of History at the University of Texas, Austin. He is an expert in international affairs and diplomacy and is the author of The Impossible Presidency The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office.

Arthur Auerbach is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California. He is an expert in public law.



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