Kamala Harris speaks on Supreme Court seat in North Carolina stop

By Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in Political News

"You have to earn the vote," she said. "If you define the win of simply beating Donald Trump, then the job is over the day we get sworn in," Harris said. She said if it is about confronting issues, the day they get sworn in is the day the job begins.

Harris, a former prosecutor, said that she and Biden want to ban choke holds by law enforcement, have a standard for police use of force and get rid of private prisons.

"The business model (for private prisons) is that certain human beings are making money off the incarceration of other human beings," she said.

Harris said the United States needs to reimagine "how we do public safety."

She was also asked about the death of Breonna Taylor, and said she believes there needs to be a civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

"We say her name to motivate action, and that's what's most important," Harris said.


There are 2.5 million Democrats and 2.1 million Republicans registered to vote in North Carolina, according to the state Board of Elections. Nearly 1.5 million North Carolina voters are Black.

The Biden campaign has a $280 million television and digital ad campaign targeting Black voters in battleground states, which includes North Carolina. One of the national ads was filmed in a Durham barbershop.

After Harris' barbershop visit, she made one more stop: to Trophy Brewing on Morgan Street downtown. She surprised diners and was met by Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin and U.S. House candidate Deborah Ross.

Harris was last in the Triangle in August 2019, when she was campaigning in the presidential primary. She gave two speeches in Durham.

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