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Kamala Harris will be the Democratic vice-presidential nominee. The Biden campaign made the announcement in an email to supporters sent on Tuesday night which even featured a Biden/Harris logo.

"I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,” Biden wrote in the email.

The Trump campaign was immediately on the offensive, posting an attack ad on Twitter labelling Harris “phoney” and accusing her of “rushing to the radical left” within half an hour of the announcement being made. Non-resident senior fellow Bruce Wolpe writes that these first 24 hours of public scrutiny will be critical for the Biden/Harris campaign.

The VP pick is one of the crucial pieces to the puzzle of how the potential Biden administration is shaping up for 2021. Today, the United States Studies Centre (USSC) released a comprehensive guide to how the policies of either a second term of Trump or a first term of Biden compare. Highlighting some of the analysis, USSC CEO Professor Simon Jackman and Non-Resident Fellow David Uren appeared on Radio National discussing how either administration would impact Australia.

The briefing features the analysis of 20 of the Centre’s experts and scholars, gleaning insights into the trajectory of American power, politics and prestige and how Australia should prepare should the election go either way.