Former Vice President Joe Biden is looking for a female running mate on his presidential ticket for the Democrats, but the idea of the candidate being a black woman may not come to a fruition.
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), a surrogate for the Biden campaign who was influential in resurrecting Biden’s presidential hopes, has said that putting a black woman on the ticket is “not a must,” which is bad news for failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
“I think having a woman on the ticket is a must,” the third-ranking House Democrat told NBC News during an interview. “I’m among those who feel that it would be great for him to select a woman of color. But that is not a must.”
“I think that he should be informed in this decision by the vetting and the polling. And I think he should be guided by his head and his heart,” Clyburn added.
In March, Clyburn had urged Biden to select a black woman as his running mate to show his appreciation for the scores of black voters who rallied behind him so he could beat insurgent socialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the primary elections.
“I really believe that we’ve reached a point in this country where African American women need to be rewarded for the loyalty that they’ve given to this party,” Clyburn said to NPR earlier this year.
Biden has previously talked up Abrams as a potential vice presidential pick, but her embarrassing media appearances have arguably hurt her chances to be put on the ticket.
“I believe that women deserve to be heard, and I believe that they need to be listened to. But I also believe that those allegations have to be investigated by credible sources. The New York Times did a deep investigation, and they found that the accusation was not credible. I believe Joe Biden,” Abrams said recently – showing that she will throw a potential sexual assault victim under the bus in order to further her vice presidential ambitions.
“I would be an excellent running mate,” Abrams said during an interview with Elle magazine that was published in April.
“I have the capacity to attract voters by motivating typically ignored communities,” she added. “I have a strong history of executive and management experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. I’ve spent 25 years in independent study of foreign policy. I am ready to help advance an agenda of restoring America’s place in the world. If I am selected, I am prepared and excited to serve.”
Unfortunately for Abrams, Clyburn’s comments indicate that the Biden campaign may end up going for a white female running mate – such as Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota or Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan.
“There are a lot of red areas in the state, and Klobuchar is beloved in many of them. It’s a decent test case for the senator’s electability argument, and could make Klobuchar an appealing pick,” Vox wrote about Klobuchar’s strengths as a VP candidate.
“Biden recently invited Whitmer onto his weekly podcast, where he called her “one of the most talented people in the country” and a “friend.” In addition to talking about the challenges facing the country, the two seem to have an affinity for each other; Whitmer recounted how Biden shared Fig Newtons with her and her daughter during a campaign stop,” Vox wrote about the personal relationship that has developed between Biden and Whitmer.
After failing in her bid for Georgia governor, it is looking like Abrams will fail in her attempt to be Biden’s vice president as well.
WATCH: Joe Biden Reads Teleprompter Incorrectly: “I Got to the Senate 180 Years Ago”
That kind of experience is unmatched.
Joe Biden stated that he “got to the Senate 180 years ago” when delivering a scripted campaign speech from a room in his Delaware home on Saturday.
Joe Biden: “I got to the Senate 180 years ago.” That would’ve been in 1840 when Martin Van Buren was President. pic.twitter.com/wCeF9Uq9in
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 27, 2020
That would’ve been in 1840, when Martin Van Buren was President. There were 52 Senators at the time, and the Democratic Party controlled the chamber, with a Whig minority in opposition. Biden was talking about supporting first responders and firefighters, who would’ve existed in a vastly different capacity in the mid-19th century.
Biden did laugh a little bit after he made the error, which seems to have stemmed from faulty teleprompter instructions or Biden simply misreading the screen in front of him.
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 26, 2020
Biden’s campaign appearances have been almost entirely scripted as of late, with the Democratic Party’s elder figure even going so far as reading from a teleprompter during interviews.
It’s very sad that the Democratic Party elite and Joe Biden’s handlers have allowed this to continue. A man with an arguably severe level of cognitive decline should not be the President of a nation of 330 million people. That is not right.
However, you almost can’t blame them for binding him concisely to the words on the teleprompter. Unscripted campaign appearances have proved to be even more of a disaster, with Biden forgetting the words to the Pledge of Allegiance in a campaign speech earlier this week, for example.
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