(Washington) Younger, from minority backgrounds, more progressive or able to attract voters from the “Midwest”? An overview of potential running mongers in the viewfinder of Joe Biden, a 70-year-old political veteran who has promised to choose a woman to become, if victorious against Donald Trump, the first vice-president of the United States.
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Winner of a Democratic primary which had started with a record number of candidates, displaying an unprecedented diversity, the former vice-president of Barack Obama, 77 years, must bring together the party, including the left wing, after the abandonment on Wednesday of independent senator Bernie Sanders.
Accustomed to blunders that cast doubt on his shape Joe Biden must also reassure his age, choosing, no doubt, a younger and highly qualified running mate because she would be called upon to replace him if he happened to be anything thing at the White House.
Only two women have so far been named running mats in the United States: Republican Sarah Palin in 1984 (John McCain) and Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 (Walter Mondale), but none of them did not come to power.
Joe Biden will study seriously “by the end of the month” the profiles of the fifteen candidates he says he has in mind.
He said he had asked Barack Obama for advice, of which he was the vice-president for eight years. The former Democratic president told him to find a running mate who has “strengths where I have weaknesses.”
Daughters of immigrants, the senator and former candidate for the White House has, at 55 years old, already won several pioneer titles: first woman and first black person to be elected California prosecutor then, in 2008, the first woman from South Asia and only the second black elected woman to sit in the Senate.
She has had a warm relationship with Joe Biden for a long time. But tensions marked their campaigns for the Democratic nomination, especially during a very heated exchange during a debate.
They have since reconciled. The senator supports him and Joe Biden called him with his foot marked by publicly declaring to him on Wednesday: “by moving forward together, we can make a big difference”.
Also a former Democratic primary candidate, the progressive senator from 70 ans threw in the towel in early March, but then refrained from giving his support to Bernie Sanders, a “friend” yet close to his ideas.
What give Joe Biden the opportunity to choose her, hoping, with this slayer of Wall Street, to rally some of the voters more to the left?
However, she did not support him either, and recently found him unable to “respond” to the urgency of the moment. Another handicap: she would certainly be attacked by the Trump camp on very tiny Native American origins that she has long claimed.
Proud to be from the “Midwest”, these vast rural and industrial regions that have partly changed for Donald Trump, the moderate senator of 59 years probably played a key role in Joe Biden's surprise victory in his state of Minnesota in March, by abandoning the race and bringing him his support just before the election.
Despite her unfortunate attempt, in 2018, to become the first black woman governor of the United States, in Georgia , this democrat of 46 years had impressed during his campaign. Even Donald Trump had predicted “a very bright political future” for him.
In the summer 2019, she founded the organization “Fair Fight”, which aims to encourage participation of Democratic voters, especially minorities.
Governor of Michigan since 2019, aged from 48 years old, she had supported Joe Biden just before his shock victory in Michigan, a state that will play a key role during the presidential election in November.
Joe Biden praised this week his “impressive and important leadership” in his career and his management of the coronavirus crisis. “I look forward to working with you,” he added.
The other prospective buyers
Lower in the forecasts are two elected Hispanic women, who could help Joe Biden, to seduce this electorate which weighs more and more in the United States: Catherine Cortez Masto, 56 years, has represented Nevada in the United States Senate since 2017 where she was the first “Latina” to sit. Michelle Lujan Grisham, 60 years old, is Governor of the State of New- Mexico.
We are also talking about Val Demings, 63 years old, elected Democrat of the House of Representatives, as well as Senators Tammy Duckworth (Illinois, 48 years old) and Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin, 58 years).