Who Could Be Joe Biden’s Running Mate?
Much has been made over how presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wants to pick a woman to be his vice-presidential candidate. That person would be the third woman to be a vice-presidential candidate, joining Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Republican Sarah Palin in 2008.
But who would be Joe Biden’s running mate in 2020? Here’s a look at a few of the people that Biden could consider. There are many people with some positives, but they have various unique negatives.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Kamala Harris competed for the presidency, but she dropped out in December. She was the Attorney General for California and a District Attorney in San Francisco before joining the Senate. But she also had a dispute with Biden during a debate over how Biden opposed busing in the past.
Stacey Abrams lost in her run to be the governor of Georgia in 2018. But her political stock has been rising ever since, especially with many arguing that Brian Kemp stole the election.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D-Atlanta)
Keisha Lance Bottoms is the mayor of Atlanta. She has been one of Biden’s strongest supporters. She first endorsed Biden last June and has campaigned with him on occasion ever since. Her loyalty to Biden may help, although she doesn’t have much name recognition outside of the South.
Rep. Val Demmings (D-FL)
Val Demmings is a black woman who staunchly argues that Biden’s running mate should be a black woman. Demmings has been in the House for four terms, and she was also a manager during President Trump’s impeachment trial. Demmings could help the Democrats win the valuable battleground state of Florida, but her involvement in a failed attempt to remove Trump from office might hurt.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Amy Klobuchar was one of the last people to drop out of the Democratic presidential race. Her involvement could help Biden win a few Midwestern swing states. But concerns about how Klobuchar treats her employees might be a problem.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Elizabeth Warren lasted longer than most other presidential candidates, and many feel that she could be a strong debater who is willing to take on Trump. But Trump and his supporters could be even more motivated to defeat Biden. Trump has long mocked Warren, or “Pocahontas” as he calls her, over her supposed Native American ancestry.
There is always a possibility that Hillary Clinton, who failed in two prior presidential runs, could try to get back in the mix. Don’t be surprised if she becomes a choice.
The former talk show host and entertainment mogul has a strong following that would help Biden’s campaign. But Oprah’s lack of experience and her prior affiliation with Harvey Weinstein would be a problem.
The former First Lady could be a choice, especially given how many people admire her to this day. But many of Trump’s supporters could be even more motivated to defeat Biden, especially given their hatred of anything Obama-related.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY)
There’s a chance Biden might break his promise and have a man be his running mate. Andrew Cuomo has been increasingly visible during the COVID-19 pandemic and could be a choice.