Now that Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, he’s going to need to select a running mate to help him defeat President Donald Trump.
A new op-ed from the New York Times is calling on Biden to select Stacey Abrams, the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who still has not conceded the election from 2018 and claims she lost by more than 50,000 votes because of “voter suppression.”
The op-ed’s author, Center for American Progress fellow Steve Phillips, cites a number of female senators and governors as potential running mates for Biden, but settles on “Stacey Abrams of Georgia” because she is the only candidate on his list without a political title.
Phillips then focuses on polling data about how Abrams could help Biden win younger voters and boost African-American turnout. Even in states Biden won in the primary, such as Michigan, he was absolutely trounced by Sen. Bernie Sanders among voters under the age of 30.
This one poll alone, which was cited in the op-ed, should prove Abrams would be a catastrophic pick for VP:
Of the potential nominees, only Ms. Abrams outperformed Mr. Obama in her state, winning the 18-to-29-year-old vote in Georgia by nearly 30 points; Mr. Obama lost that group by three points. Only Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, another common name on potential V.P. lists, equaled Mr. Obama’s performance with young voters in her state. The other contenders for whom there is data underperformed Mr. Obama in their most recent competitive race by significant margins.
Abrams, for what it’s worth, seems open to the idea of being the VP candidate on the Democratic ticket.
Stacey Abrams Says She Would Be ‘An Excellent Running Mate’ For Joe Biden. https://t.co/NlOfh8HUkI
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 16, 2020
This comes after Joe finally got the Obama endorsement.
Former President Barack Obama finally came forward and endorsed Biden’s presidential campaign earlier this week.
Obama released a 12-minute video on his social media platforms officially endorsing Biden now that there’s no one else running for the Democratic nomination.
Now that Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee, many are wondering who he will choose to be his running mate.
During an online campaign event last Wednesday, Sleepy Joe slipped up big time and said he’s coming for California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris.
Biden said: “I’m so lucky to have you be a part of this partnership going forward. Working together, we can make a great deal of progress. … I’m coming for you, kid.”
Biden mentioning her name comes after a report last month that Biden has shifted into general election mode and promised to select a woman as his vice-presidential running mate.
The previous report listed these 3 names, among others, are likely at the top of Biden’s shortlist:
- California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris
- Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar
During the Democratic primary debate last month, Biden vowed that his eventual choice of a running mate would be a woman.
After vowing to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, Biden then added: “Secondly, if I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration will look like the country, and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president. There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.”