The search goes on for Joe Biden’s running mate. In a debate held last March, the Democrat presidential candidate said he would pick a woman as his vice-president. His supporters are frenetic as the expected time of announcement approaches. Biden says he will have made a decision by early August.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota was one of the top candidates, but took a step back and urged Biden to pick a woman of color. Her reputation as a former prosecutor in Minneapolis has faced multiple questionings and will not help her cause in a potential candidacy considering the recent George Floyd phenomenon.
Another potential VP was Catherine Cortez Masto, representative of the state of Nevada, who also withdrew her candidacy and preferred to focus on resolving her state’s declining economy due to pandemic.
The Potential Candidates
After the withdrawals, here are the names of a few of the top contenders.
Speculations have circulated regarding the Illinois senator is one of the women in the list of Biden’s possible running mates. And with her remarkable life experience - Iraq's survival, military background, and working under the Obama administration in veteran affairs - she seems to be a competent candidate. She is also outspoken in her criticism of the Trump administration, with the Russian bounty issue and especially during this pandemic.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
The Michigan governor had not made it into the national ear until she called out the government’s incompetence in managing the coronavirus pandemic. When her state became one of the disease hotspots, her strict implementation of countermeasures and management of economic impact was not received well by the conservative groups, but put her name in a good place with Democrats. The governor has started to allow the gradual reopening of the state, but says she won’t think twice of closing again if circumstances demand it.
This tandem has been rooted in a lot of Americans for a long time now. She is well-received by the black community with her fearless involvement in the black lives matter protests and demand for police reform. Her experience in the political world and remarkable performance makes her a “top-tier candidate.” She is deemed to be the one to fulfill those criteria of being a woman of color to run alongside Biden. However, she does not seem to display that much of an enthusiasm in being one of Biden’s top choices. Here’s why.
Another woman of color, who was the first woman police chief officer in Orlando, Florida, seems to be a timely candidate. With all the protests demanding justice for the black community and the raging issue of police brutality, Demings is both a smart and risky move. Her work in Orlando resembled the present picture that Americans today badly want to change. But yet again, her take on being in Biden’s shortlist is “the kind of opportunity that she’s been working hard for.” She also said in an interview with Ellen, that it doesn’t matter what seat she’s in, she will continue to “work hard to right the wrongs and injustices” in the country.