"Will Make Her Proud": Kamala Harris On Mother During Big Debate

Kamala Harris has often referred to her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, as her source of inspiration.

New Delhi:

US Senator Kamala Harris mentioned her immigrant mother and how proud she would be to see her on the stage during her one-off with Vice President Mike Pence for the vice presidential elections. "The fact that I am sitting here will make her proud," said the democratic vice-presidential candidate during the debate at Salt Lake City, Utah, ahead of the November 3 election.

"I think about my mother... the fact that I am sitting here right now would make her proud. It is because of my mother who came to US at 19, gave birth to me at 25. I think I am sitting here that will make her proud. Joe and I have share purpose about lifting people," Ms Harris said.

The democratic vice-presidential candidate has often referred to her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, as her source of inspiration who had guided her throughout her entire life.

"My mother always used to say, ''Don't just sit around and complain about things. Do something'', Harris, 55, wrote in a fundraising email to her supporters last month.

The Biden-Harris campaign have been receiving support from the Asian American community with many showing solidarity for Harris by tweeting images and the stories of their mothers and grandmothers in a campaign #SheRose #AAPISheRose that''s picked momentum on Twitter.

Just hours before the much-anticipated face-off between Harris and Pence, Kamala Harris's sister Maya tweeted an image of her and her sister Kamala with their mom, who immigrated to the United States from India, writing, "My shero: Shyamala Gopalan. #SheRose and made it possible for @KamalaHarris to run. #AAPISheRose."

Kamala Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, made headlines in August after being selected as Democratic nominee.