Joe Biden and Kamala Harris named Time 'Person of the Year'

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Washington, DC, United States of America Published: Dec 11, 2020, 09:52 AM(IST)

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden Photograph:( AFP )

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The pair made history on November 7 when they beat Donald Trump in a bitter US election. Harris became the country's first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president-elect.

US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have been chosen as Time magazine's 2020 "Person of the Year".

The pair made history on November 7 when they beat Donald Trump in a bitter US election. Harris became the country's first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president-elect.

The pair were chosen ahead of three other finalists: frontline health care workers and Anthony Fauci, the racial justice movement, and President Donald Trump who Biden defeated in November's election.

The magazine said: “Together, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris offered restoration and renewal in a single ticket. And America bought what they were selling: after the highest turnout in a century, they racked up 81 million votes and counting, the most in presidential history, topping Trump by some 7 million votes and flipping five battleground states.”

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"For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME's 2020 Person of the Year," wrote Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal.

Last year’s winner was climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Time magazine's tradition of singling out an especially influential person started in 1927, launching as Man of the Year. The name was later changed to Person of the Year, which is bestowed on an individual, a group, a movement or an idea that had the most influence in the past year.

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