Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Likely candidates for Biden's pick for VOTUS

Who are the women probably on Joe Biden’s shortlist for vice president? Amber Phillips at the Washington Post names a short list.

Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.): Yes, the former presidential candidate memorably landed a punch on Biden in one of the first Democratic presidential debates, about busing during school desegregation. But Harris is also a well-known senator and before that was attorney general of her state, and she has endorsed Biden. “She’s qualified to be president; I’d consider her for anything she’d be interested in,” Biden said in January. The potential downside to picking Harris: California isn’t really a state Biden needs to campaign much in to win a general election against President Trump.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.): She’s another former 2020 candidate, who, unlike Harris, stayed in the race long enough to get votes. She came in third in the New Hampshire primaries in February. And she comes from a state that Hillary Clinton won in 2016 by only a point and a half. Also, Klobuchar dropped out of the race earlier this month and immediately endorsed Biden, contributing to the momentum that propelled him into the lead over Sanders.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: She’s probably the least-known name on this shortlist, but Whitmer is beloved by national Democrats. She won the governor’s seat in Michigan in 2018, taking it back for Democrats for the first time in nearly a decade. She delivered the 2020 Democratic address to Trump’s State of the Union. She frames herself as a moderate. And — perhaps most importantly — she is from a state that Trump narrowly won in 2016 and that will be crucial to deciding who wins in 2020.
Update: On Monday, Whitmer said on MSNBC: “It’s not going to be me." She didn’t elaborate other than to say “But I am going to have a hand in helping make sure that he has the rounded-out ticket that can win.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): She and Biden don’t agree ideologically on issues such as health care, but the left took Warren’s presidential loss hard, and she could be a unifying pick for the party.

See the Post’s story for other names.

And for another view, see the Politico analysis, Biden’s Top 12 Running Mates, Ranked. Their #1 pick? Kamala Harris.

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