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Meet The African-American Women Who Could Be Joe Biden's Running Mate

Ambitious politicians spend years seeking to shape a career that allows them to wind up in the White House or on a major party's national ticket. But as the last week has reminded us, unforeseen events always seem to intervene -- and have the potential to fundamentally alter even the best laid plans.


The killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers late last month has drastically changed the calculation for former Vice President Joe Biden and his vice presidential vetting team when it comes to who he will pick to share the ticket with him this fall.


While Biden made clear months ago that he would pick a woman, there now appears to be a significant surge of support for him to select a black woman -- making history (there has never been a black woman on either party's national ticket) while also sending a very clear message to the black community that he not only understands their import to his nomination but also believes they need a major voice in his White House.


In light of the recent political climate the following women have been spotlighted as possible candidates for the Vice President position in Joe Biden's campaign according to CNN:



Stacey Abrams: In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Thursday (no, not that one), Abrams makes the argument that the best way to react to Floyd's death is for people of color to register to vote and then do so in November. "Voting is a first step in a long and complex process, tedious but vital," the former Georgia state House minority leader wrote. Wise words -- and ones that suggest she is ready to lead on an issue of critical import to all minority communities.




Susan Rice: If Biden wants to pick the woman with the most hands-on experience on foreign policy and national security issues, there's no question that Rice is at the top of that list -- having served as national security adviser and US ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration. But she carries baggage, too -- most notablyher statements after the Benghazi, Libya, attack and her January 20, 2017, email on Michael Flynn.




Val Demings: Even before Floyd's death and the ongoing reverberations from it, this Florida House member was getting rave reviews about her potential as a ticket-mate for Biden. But now consider what Demings would do to the ticket: A black former police chief of a major southern city (Orlando) who knows the issues within the law enforcement community vis a vis police brutality intimately.




Keisha Lance Bottoms: Lance Bottoms' speech last Friday night -- amid violent protests in Atlanta -- was a moment. She was empathetic. Tough. And deeply human. I've had the Atlanta mayor on my list almost since the start of the VP process but I was never sure she would break into the top tier. Boy, was I wrong.



Kamala Harris: For all that's changed on the list this week, the California senator's positioning has not. If anything, Harris seems even more likely to be the pick now as she, at 55, is a generation younger than Biden but also has a wealth of experience -- as California attorney general and a senator -- that we know Biden values.


Source: CNN

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