Will Joe Biden choose an African American woman to be his running mate?
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As of June 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden is considered to be the presumptive Democratic nominee for the Democratic Party for the 2020 election. Biden became the forerunner after a lengthy battle with Bernie Sanders, who was previously considered to be a frontrunner. Biden, however, took a considerable lead as a result of a strong surge in the South Carolina primary and a series of victories on Super Tuesday, where he won a majority of states. Biden has vowed that if he is chosen as the nominee at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in August, he will select a woman to be his running mate. ~
According to Action Network, many different women have been considered to be Biden’s potential running mate over the last few months. Many of these women are candidates that have dropped out of the presidential race, including Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren. Those in favor of Amy Klobuchar claim that she would be able to help Senator Biden appeal to republicans and other conservatives that have become disaffected with Trump (NBC). However, critics of Klobuchar claim that she is “too similar” to Biden and likely would not do much to “bring balance to the ticket.” Conversely, those in favor of Elizabeth Warren claim that she would help Biden appeal to the younger, progressive wing of the party. However, many believe that Biden should select a younger candidate, in order to fulfill his campaign promise of being “a bridge” to a new generation of voters (NBC). ~
Due to the recent protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, many have called for Biden to select a woman of color as his running mate (Los Angeles Times). Currently, potential African American candidates most notably include Senator Kamala Harris, Representative Val Demings, former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, former national security adviser Susan Rice, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who has recently gained national recognition for her strong voice amid unrest in her city. The recent unrest has also led to a push inside the Democratic party to stop supporting Klobuchar as a potential candidate, due to her “checkered history” regarding police-involved shootings as a prosecutor (CNN). ~