Time magazine chose not one, but two people for its famed ‘Person of the Year.’
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were selected and appear side-by-side in a portrait shot with a gray background for the historic 2020 cover.
The magazine’s decision to choose the two running mates was outlined in an article on its website.
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“Biden had the vision, set the tone and topped the ticket. But he also recognized what he could not offer on his own, what a 78-year-old white man could never provide: generational change, a fresh perspective, and an embodiment of America’s diversity. For that, he needed Kamala Harris: California Senator, former district attorney and state attorney general, a biracial child of immigrants whose charisma and tough questioning of Trump Administration officials electrified millions of Democrats. The Vice President has never before been a woman, or Black, or Asian American,” Time senior correspondent Charlotte Atler wrote in her profile on Biden and Harris.
Biden and Harris formed an unlikely partnership — Democratic candidates who were fiercely competitive on stage during the Democratic primary debates. Although Harris was good friends with Biden’s late son, Beau Biden, before he passed away.
When the time came, Biden chose Harris as his running mate during one of the most combative presidential election cycles in modern U.S. history.
“They come from different coasts, different ideologies, different Americas. But they also have much in common, says Biden: working-class backgrounds, blended families, shared values,” Time said.
On social media, the magazine announced its cover with the hashtag #TIMEPOY and tweeted: “For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year.”
For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year #TIMEPOY https://t.co/JhXqyx6kFB pic.twitter.com/u1rPsF437R
— TIME (@TIME) December 11, 2020
The shortlist of finalists for the magazine’s prestigious honor this year were frontline healthcare workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci; those fighting for racial justice; and President Donald Trump.