Amid speculation that Joe Biden will choose Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, or Stacey Abrams (lol) as his running mate, CBS News now reports that the Biden campaign has asked Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting for the number two spot on the ticket.
Klobuchar, a Democratic senator from Minnesota and a presidential candidate, would seem to be an obvious choice for a running mate. Biden has promised to select a woman and prefers candidates with experience winning statewide races. Klobuchar is currently in her third term as a popular senator.
Senator Klobuchar was also instrumental in blunting Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. Her strong third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary helped to slow Sanders’ momentum and Biden credited her with his victory in Minnesota after she dropped out just ahead of that primary and endorsed the former vice president.
Strategically, Klobuchar makes sense as well. Her home state, located near the hotly contested Rust Belt, could give Biden a much-needed edge in the region where Harris and Warren would be dismissed as coastal elites.
Klobuchar is also a relative moderate compared to the other likely vice presidential candidates. Harris, Warren, and Abrams are all considered to be far-left progressives. Govtrack rated Klobuchar as the 66th most conservative senator in 2018 but she dropped to 92 in 2019. By way of comparison, Elizabeth Warren was 87th and 75th while Kamala Harris was the most liberal senator in both years.
Other potential running mates for Biden are reported to include New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, Florida Congresswoman Val Demings, and New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire’s other senator, reportedly declined to be vetted due to her the fact that she is running for reelection this year.
Biden’s search is being conducted by a four-person committee made up of former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd, Delaware Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Cynthia Hogan, who was Biden’s counsel as vice president and senator. Former White House counsel Bob Bauer, campaign general counsel Dana Remus, and former homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco are also working with the committee to provide background information on the potential candidates.
“I need someone who’s going to be, as Barack said, ‘simpatico with me,’ who is a real partner in progress and is ready to be president on a moment’s notice,” Biden said. “There are a lot of women out there with the experience to do that job.”
The campaign expects Biden to make a decision on a running mate by July.