As in, the Top 10 is indeed, a Top 2.
At least today.
They also reported that Biden is regularly consulting with former President Barack Obama on the trial – and studied the model that led Obama to choose him in 2008. That project – choosing an ex-rival for the nomination you developed a little with. chemistry – – puts Klobuchar and Harris right in front of the group.
Now, being the front-runner to be vice president in May is far from a guarantee that you will end up being the best choice – as Point-er Lauren Dezenski pointed out this week. If so, Donald Trump would have chosen Florida Senator Marco Rubio as his running mate in 2016. And Hillary Clinton would have chosen Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
However, when it comes to handicapping the state of veepstakes right now, there is no doubt that Harris and Klobuchar are in a prominent group that put some distance between them and the other eight women on my list.
Speaking of rankings, let’s get to them! And remember, the former first lady Michelle Obama is not included because he did not indicate that he would actually accept the VP nomination if it had been offered
. (You can see last week’s rankings here.)
10. Tammy Duckworth
: The Illinois senator appears to be making a concerted effort to increase her profile while searching for the vice president. A recent example: He did an interview with “The View” this week
in which he strongly criticized the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and answered questions about its political future. “I’m sure they have their own process of how they’ll select their vice president and I’ll leave them there,” said Duckworth of Biden’s veepstakes. (Previous ranking: 10)
9. Stacey Abrams: Former Georgia government candidate officially approved Biden earlier this week – a little late, wasn’t it? – and tried to clarify her previous comments that she would not be interested in being her vice president.
“If people pay attention to my response in March, I’ve never wavered in the past few weeks,” Abrams said. “I’ve always said that you don’t run for second place in a primary, but I’d be honored to serve with the candidate, and that’s true.” (Previous ranking: 9)
8. Val Demings: Biden has confirmed that the Florida MP is in the mix for being her vice president in an interview late last week with a Florida TV station.
“He is part of a group of nearly a dozen truly qualified and talented women who are on the list,” said Biden of Demings, adding: “He is a very competent, very capable person.” Demings is also a black woman with a base in one of the major population centers of one of the darkest states in the country. (Previous ranking: 8)
7. Gretchen Whitmer: The Michigan governor was attending a Covid-19 roundtable with Biden on Thursday – evidence that it has become a major player in the national response to the virus. (It has also become an important target for protesters and Trump.) Whitmer’s biggest problem is still that most Democrats don’t know much about her. In a CNN poll published this week, more than 6 out of 10 didn’t know enough to offer an opinion about her. (Previous ranking: 7)
6. Susan Rice
: In terms of experience at the highest levels of government, no one on this list can come close to Rice, who spent time in the Obama administration as a national security adviser and United States ambassador to the United Nations. The problem for Rice is, well, she has been involved in the highest levels of government for a long time. This means that he will face questions about his answer to Benghazi attacks in 2012
and the recent “unmasking” report on retired lieutenant Michael Flynn. There is a baggage there. Does Biden want to bring it willingly? (Previous ranking: 5)
5. Keisha’s spear buttons: The mayor of Atlanta has been in the spotlight in recent days when Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death in southern Georgia became massive national news. “It’s heartbreaking that it’s 2020 and this was a lynching for an African American man,” Lance Bottoms told CNN’s Jake Tapper this week. His appearance in this story – as well as his film role for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in the ongoing debate over when to reopen the state – has made KLB much more than a household name for the average Democrat. (Previous ranking: 6)
4. Catherine Cortez Masto: Buzz around Cortez Masto has faded a little late, but she still does a tonne sense on paper: Latin, senator and from a swing state of the southwest. (Previous ranking: 3)
3. Elizabeth Warren
: It’s hard to ignore how popular Warren is on the Democratic base. Seven out of 10 Democratic voters have a favorable opinion of her in the new CNN poll, while only 19% have an unfavorable view. This follows a CBS survey
Last week, which showed 7 out of 10 Democrats, he thought Warren should be considered Biden’s vice president, the largest percentage for any of the 2020 possible mates. As I noted above, just because Warren is popular doesn’t mean he will the choice. But it makes it difficult for the Biden team not to check. (Previous ranking: 4)
2. Amy Klobuchar: The Senator from Minnesota is the best choice if geographic and ideological considerations win for Biden. He comes from the Midwest and boasts of the kind of centrist pragmatism that embraces him too. But if Biden wants to diversify the ticket as much as possible – choose a black woman or an unconcerned liberal – it’s probably Klobuchar who looks out. (Previous ranking: 2)
1. Kamala Harris
: There is no doubt that the California senator is on top of the pile right now. And how Politician Christopher Cadelago noted in a fantastic piece about Harris
, the harsh feelings for his attack on Biden’s record on the bus seem to have faded when Biden and those close to him write it to give and receive a contested primary campaign. Harris simply checks the most boxes for Biden. (Previous ranking: 1)