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Politics As Biden's VP pick looms, Susan Rice blames Trump for 'gross mishandling' of pandemic

19:44  29 july  2020
19:44  29 july  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Fox's Perino says Biden won't pick Susan Rice because of fire from right

  Fox's Perino says Biden won't pick Susan Rice because of fire from right Fox News's Dana Perino predicted Joe Biden won't pick Susan Rice as his running mate because it would give something for the right to seize upon, and suggested the former Obama national security adviser might be better as a White House chief of staff."I will say that I do not believe that Susan Rice, who was President Obama's national security advisor and is rumored to be on this list, I do not think she is going to be the choice," Perino, who"I will say that I do not believe that Susan Rice, who was President Obama's national security advisor and is rumored to be on this list, I do not think she is going to be the choice," Perino, who served as White House press secretary in President George W.

In an interview with the hosts of ABC’s "The View" on Wednesday, Susan Rice, former national security adviser to Barack Obama, blamed President Donald Trump for the surging number of deaths related to COVID-19.

Susan Rice sitting in a chair talking on the phone: Susan Rice is seen during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, on Oct. 8, 2019. Rice discussed her book © Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images Susan Rice is seen during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, on Oct. 8, 2019. Rice discussed her book "Tough Love."

"The fault here, the tragic loss of 150,000 Americans and counting, is on Donald Trump and his gross mishandling of this pandemic," she told the hosts.

Biden presses science and caution on pandemic

  Biden presses science and caution on pandemic Former Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the importance of approaching the coronavirus pandemic with caution and touched on his running mate selection process during a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with reporters on Tuesday. The remarks, which were made in Wilmington, Del., followed Biden's address unveiling his plan to combat racial inequality in the economyWhen asked whether professional sports should be allowed amid the pandemic, Biden said, "They should just follow the science.

Asked about reports that the Russian government was paying bounties to Taliban affiliates to kill American servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Rice slammed Trump.

"He is absolutely a failure as our commander in chief," Rice said.

During the interview, she confirmed that she is under consideration to be Joe Biden’s running mate.

"I am apparently among those that are being considered for this important role," Rice said.

On Tuesday, Biden told reporters he would have a selection during the first week of August and that he is "trying to figure out" how to meet with contenders in person before he makes his choice.

Susan Rice's 'Benghazi baggage,' F-bombs would make her 'lightning rod' as Biden VP pick, writer claims

  Susan Rice's 'Benghazi baggage,' F-bombs would make her 'lightning rod' as Biden VP pick, writer claims Former national security adviser Susan Rice would be a “human lightning rod” if selected to be Democrat Joe Biden’s running mate, a Washington Post columnist wrote Friday. © Provided by FOX News From Sen. Kamala Harris to Susan Rice, Washington Examiner political reporter Emily Larsen breaks down the potential picks. Rice, who is reported to be among shrinking list of Biden vice presidential contenders, has the advantage of a longstanding close relationship with Biden, unlike any of the other names on the list.

Rice has foreign policy experience that spans decades, not only as a national security adviser, widely considered one of the toughest jobs in government, but also as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She also served on the National Security Council under former president Bill Clinton and as assistant secretary of state for African Affairs within the State Department.

Joe Biden, Susan Rice standing in front of a window: Joe Biden and Susan Rice confer as President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi brief the press in the Oval Office of the White House, April 14, 2015, in Washington, D.C. © Getty Images Joe Biden and Susan Rice confer as President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi brief the press in the Oval Office of the White House, April 14, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Some Democrats worry selecting Rice for the number two spot could resurrect Republican criticism on the handling of the terror attack at the U.S consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Following the 2012 attack, Rice, based on intelligence she had at the time, went on several Sunday political television shows and said that the attack was "spontaneous" following protests in the area. The Obama administration later determined it was a premeditated attack.

Susan Rice on her Trump-supporting son: ‘I love him dearly’

  Susan Rice on her Trump-supporting son: ‘I love him dearly’ Ambassador Susan Rice opened up about her 23-year-old son who has differing politics in an interview Wednesday."I have a 23-year-old son whom I love dearly, whose politics are very, very different from my own and from the rest of our family," the former Obama administration cabinet member told NPR. "My son and I will have some robust disagreements over some matters of policy, not all. And yet, at the end of the day, you know, I love him dearly, and he loves me.

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Congressional investigations, many by Republican-led committees, concluded Rice did not mislead the public with those initial statements. Despite that, some Republicans continued to attack her. Earlier this month, in an interview with Fox News, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Rice of "going on Sunday shows and lying."

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Biden's campaign is reportedly vetting, among others, Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, along with Reps. Val Demings of Florida and Karen Bass of California. He's under increasing pressure to pick a woman of color.

In comparison to many of the women thought to be under consideration, most have held elected office. Rice has not.

If she were to be selected, it would be unprecedented -- she'd be the first African American woman on a major party ticket in November.

Joy Reid Pushes Biden to Pick Black Woman VP in MSNBC Primetime Debut .
In her very first segment as a primetime host on MSNBC, Joy Reid welcomed former Vice President Joe Biden for a largely conflict-free interview that touched on everything from President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic—“He’s surrendered,” Biden declared—to his own complicated history on criminal justice reform. For her final question, Reid brought up an issue that she has been pressing on her weekend show, AM Joy, for several weeks. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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