Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) upended Joe Biden’s election trajectory by announcing that she has ended her bid for vice president.
The failed 2020 candidate shocked Democrats by announcing on Thursday that she is withdrawing from consideration due to rising racial tensions and called upon Biden to choose a woman of color for his running mate.
Klobuchar and fellow Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) were both said to be at the top of the shortlist for vice president, but Klobuchar’s public call for Biden to select a woman of color has major implications for who he may ultimately choose.
“This is a historic moment, and America must seize on this moment,” the Klobuchar said in an MSNBC appearance. “I truly believe, as I actually told the vice president last night when I called him, that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.”
Klobuchar isn’t the only one to pressure Biden to direct his choice of running mate away from white women. Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics tweeted that due to the current political climate, Biden “will have great difficulty picking anyone but a woman of color.”
“Pressure for a woman of color has been building from influential segments of the party, but fundamentally, George Floyd’s murder, the widespread protests, and a newfound cultural reexamination of race in America has brought us to the threshold of a history-making pick,” Sabato continued.
Other candidates for VP include Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, along with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Biden is in the process of vetting several of these candidates and is expected to make an announcement in the coming weeks.
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