On Tuesday, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced that he will choose his vice presidential running mate next week, according to CNN:
“The former vice president’s comment came during a news conference after a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. Asked by CNN whether he will meet in person with finalists for the role, Biden said, ‘We’ll see.’
“Biden has said he will choose a female running mate, and has faced pressure within the party to choose a woman of color.”
Based on notes Biden held in his hand, a photo of which was captured by a photographer for the Associated Press, it appears the choice will be Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) who has long been considered to be the top contender for the post.
Politico reports that Harris’ name was at the top of the list Biden held in his hands, along with what seemed to be talking points:
“Do not hold grudges.” “Campaigned with me & Jill.” “Talented.” “Great help to campaign.” “Great respect for her.”
Picking Harris would have multiple benefits for Biden and the Democratic Party.
First and foremost, as a woman of color, Harris would making history by being named to a presidential ticket.
Secondly, since Harris represents California, if she were to be elected as VP, her replacement would be chosen and appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who would obviously choose another Democrat to take Harris’s place until a special election was held. That way, Democrats don’t lose a Senate seat if Biden and Harris win in November.
Among the other names on the so-called short list to be Biden’s running mate are former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, Florida Rep. Val Demings, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, California Rep. Karen Bass, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin.