Campaign Coverage 2020

For Harris, memories of mother guide bid for vice president


For Harris, memories of mother guide bid for vice president
This January 1970 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her, left, with her sister, Maya, and mother, Shyamala, outside their apartment in Berkeley, Calif., after her parents' separation. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the most powerful forces in Kamala Harris’ political career is missing from her bid for the vice presidency. Harris has talked often about her late mother when addressing audiences, and the Democratic senator from California says her mother is the single greatest influence in her life. Shyamala Gopalan died of cancer 11 years ago, but Harris says she still finds herself seeking her mother’s advice, repeating her oft-uttered phrases and invoking her lessons. “She’d tell us, ‘Don’t sit around and complain about things. Do something.’ So I did something,” Harris said Wednesday in her first appearance with Biden as his running mate.

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