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Entertainment End of the suspense? Biden will choose his running mate to face Trump

15:30  02 august  2020
15:30  02 august  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Today, Joe Biden is choosing a running mate in one of the most tumultuous moments in modern And from what you can tell, where is Joe Biden in that process? Basically, how long is his list of — who was one of the most prominent state executives, clashing with the Trump administration over the

President Trump is weighing in on one of the likely top contenders Democratic challenger Joe Biden ’s considering as his running mate . The former vice president told reporters Tuesday in Delaware that he would choose his running mate by “the first week in August.”

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Joe Biden should soon reveal the highly anticipated name of his running mate, called to be vice-president of United States if he defeats Donald Trump in November, with black Senator Kamala Harris given a big favorite to accompany the septuagenarian Democratic candidate.

By promising to make his choice "the first week of August" after months of suspense, the former US vice-president joked that it would be very difficult for him to receive the finalists in person while journalists keep watch in front of his house.

But behind the scenes, his team reviews the balance sheets and talks - especially by phone or online, coronavirus requires - with the last candidates still in the running.

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Former Vice President Biden previously said he would announce his running mate the first week of August. After Biden in March committed to choosing a woman as his running mate , around a dozen women were initially part of the former vice president's shortlist.

Biden has said he will choose a female running mate , and has faced pressure within the party to choose a woman of color. His comments on Tuesday did not indicate when Biden will publicly announce his selection. But it is all but certain he will do so before the Democratic National

A pandemic that has claimed more than 150,000 lives in the United States, the deep recession that accompanies it, and the historic wave of anger against police violence and racism: the list has narrowed in recent weeks, influenced by unprecedented events shaking up this campaign.

After a Democratic primary marked by great diversity, the 77-year-old candidate promised to choose a woman who would become, in the event of victory on November 3 against the Republican president, the first vice-president of the United States. And since the death of George Floyd, suffocated at the end of May by a white police officer, the pressure has increased to appoint a black running mate.

Kamala Harris, 55, is largely ahead of the predictions.

"Talented", "Great respect for her": these words registered under the name of Kamala Harris were captured Tuesday on the notebook that Joe Biden held in hand, in front of the photographers, making still climb the rating of the black elected of California.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised to soon reveal his running mate . And as the suspense builds over who Biden will choose Biden turns 78 years old on November 20 and he would be the oldest man ever to assume the office if he defeats President Donald Trump in November.

If he chose her as a running mate , say her supporters, she would help to shore up votes among veterans Read more about Mr Biden 's potential running mate here. After retiring from the military, Ms Her supporters are hoping that Mr Biden will choose her as his running mate so that she can

The CV and career of this daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants strengthen her chances.

Cumbersome past

But her past as a prosecutor whose measures have, say her detractors, particularly affected minorities, could weigh against her. A candidate for the primary, she had not taken off in polls of African Americans, a key electorate for Democrats, before throwing in the towel in December.

And among some of the candidate's allies, we have not forgiven his surprise attack, during a debate, against the one she describes as a friend.

Two other names have been circulating insistently in recent days.

Susan Rice , former national security adviser to Barack Obama , worked with Joe Biden during their years in the White House. An important element for those who would like to reiterate the good understanding of their own pair with the former Democratic president between 2009 and 2017.

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Joe Biden says he has his eye on a dozen women as potential running mates , but those close to him believe the list of top prospects is likely far shorter as a deep vetting process gets underway to determine whether he needs to expand his circle of serious contenders.

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This 55-year-old African-American, bête noire of the Trump camp, has however never had to face the rigors of a campaign.

As for Karen Bass, 66, elected to the House of Representatives, she heads the influential group of black elected officials in Congress and has drafted a police reform bill named after George Floyd.

Its positioning could, however, offer ammunition to Republicans, who try to portray Joe Biden as a "puppet" of the "radical left". An argument which could also harm the chances of the progressive senator Elizabeth Warren , 71 years old, arriving further in the forecasts.

- "More important" -

Traditional great moment of the American campaigns, the choice of the candidate "VP" is particularly crucial for Joe Biden.

If he wins, the veteran politics will be the oldest president in US history to take office in January, and he has hinted that he will only run for one term.

His decision is therefore "more important than usual because the person he chooses is likely to be the Democratic candidate in four years," said David Barker, professor of political science at American University.

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Two women, Rep. Karen Bass and Susan Rice, are among the most formidable contenders on his list. See more of The New York Times on Facebook.

Biden allies insist this run will succeed where his others failed. His discipline has improved, they say. During his first run , he liked to say that presidential history ran in cycles: bursts of progress and upheaval, followed by periods of correction in which voters choose a candidate who can “let America

Especially since doubts weigh on the physical form of the septuagenarian, who said he wanted someone who is "ready to be president on the first day".

Because of Covid-19, Joe Biden spends most of his time at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Deprived of meetings, he led a muted campaign that earned him mockery from pro-Trump. But who, faced with the exits of the tempestuous president and his contested management of the pandemic, succeeds him: he is ahead of the Republican billionaire in national polls as in key states.

If it is well received, the choice of his running mate - which he could wait a few days before revealing - should strengthen the momentum of Joe Biden, just before the Democratic convention (August 17 to 20) where he will accept formally his nomination as candidate.

Even if they will be reduced to their minimum portion, due to viruses, the Democratic and then the Republican conventions will mark a marked acceleration in the campaign.

And from the end of September, half a dozen states will start voting by mail.

For David Barker, "the outcome of the election could in fact be determined well before" November 3rd.

02/08/2020 09:48:18 - Washington (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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