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Politics Democrats Ply Biden With Alternatives to Harris for Running Mate

14:41  01 august  2020
14:41  01 august  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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(Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to interview the finalists to be his running mate in the coming days, according to a person familiar with the process, as allies of the top contenders redoubled their efforts to push Biden toward their favored choice.

Joe Biden ’s unequivocal declaration that his running mate will be a woman began the 2020 veepstakes with a brutal cut. There will be no consolation A Biden - Harris ticket could aggressively pursue the Upper Midwest, the Southeast and the Southwest, from Maine to Montana, from Arizona to

(Bloomberg) -- Democrats around Joe Biden are angling to provide alternatives to Kamala Harris as his running mate, long seen as the front-runner for the post, as his vice- presidential selection process enters its final stage.

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris are posing for a picture: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, stand on stage during of the Democratic presidential candidate debate in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. © Bloomberg 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, stand on stage during of the Democratic presidential candidate debate in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

Although Biden said Tuesday that he would announce his pick the week of Aug. 3, people familiar with the process said they are planning for a rollout the week of Aug. 10, giving the new Democratic ticket only a few days to campaign together before the party’s convention, which begins Aug. 17.

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South Carolina Democrat Bakari Sellers, who was a top surrogate for Harris , told Politico that Harris "deserves to be chosen." He added that “a lot of Warren, who endorsed Biden Wednesday morning, could help with Biden ’s unity pitch to the Democratic Party. She ran as a liberal and maintains some

(Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to interview the finalists to be his running mate in the coming days, according to a person familiar with the process, as allies of the top contenders redoubled their efforts to push Biden toward their favored choice.

Biden allies have let it be known that California Representative Karen Bass, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is being seriously considered, and Bass is doing her own campaigning.

Biden friends and donors have been critical of Harris in recent news reports, both openly and anonymously, in terms that have generated backlash from women’s groups for their sexist undertones. They all suspect that the California senator is Biden’s top choice as he begins one-on-one meetings with the top candidates in the coming days.

Candidates have not yet been formally rejected after an intensive vetting process but a few have emerged as the most likely choices.

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Running mates are often announced on the eve of a convention. As he prepares to make his choice, a committee established to vet possible running mates has provided Biden with briefing materials. Biden will likely soon begin one-on-one conversations with those under consideration, which could be

Yet many believe that Mr Biden should pick a black running mate instead - Senator Kamala Harris is frequently mentioned as a possibility. Those on the rumoured shortlist include: California Senator Kamala Harris . Former national security adviser Susan Rice.

In addition to Harris and Bass, former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice is still at the top of the list, while Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has been advising Biden on economic issues, and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, a decorated combat veteran who lost her legs in Iraq, remain in the mix.

Behind-the-Scenes Chatter

Biden’s vice-presidential selection has an added importance, given that he would be 78 at his inauguration, making him the oldest U.S. president.

Bass, a late addition to Biden’s list, has recently emerged as a top contender as she’s made her case as a team player who won’t outshine Biden. Bass has also received the backing of House Democrats, who have praised her work on police reform and her ability to work with Republicans.

But Biden doesn’t know Bass very well, which is particularly important to him because he is looking to replicate the bond he and President Barack Obama shared when Biden was vice president. And her progressive record could give him pause as he anticipates how the little-known congresswoman will be received on the national stage.

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During the final Democratic primary debate in March, Joe Biden pledged that if he were to win the party's presidential nomination, he would choose a woman as his running mate . Even before that point, however, speculation swirled around a dozen or so contenders to be Biden 's running mate .

Democrats close to Biden ’s inner circle believe Biden has narrowed his pool down to about six names but he is still very much undecided. And if he picks someone like Rice or Abrams, that could worry Democrats who think Biden ’s running mate needs a record of winning elections statewide.

Just Friday, a report emerged that Bass had traveled to communist Cuba to work with a pro-Castro group as a high school student in the 1970s. Also Friday, the Daily Caller resurfaced a video of Bass praising the Church of Scientology at a church event in 2010, when it was already facing scrutiny for its treatment of members.

Some of the deliberations around the running mate have burst out into the open this week. Politico reported that former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd was unenthusiastic about Harris, in part because of her attack in a debate last summer on Biden’s opposition to a federal mandate for busing in the 1970s, a time when Harris was bused across town as a schoolgirl. The report said he also didn’t like her answers about it, which seemed glib.

‘Ambitious’ Charge Backfires

Others in Biden’s world still harbor a grudge against Harris, as some griped to CNBC that she was too “ambitious” to be a loyal second-in-command.

“She would be running for president the day of the inauguration,” Florida donor John Morgan told CNBC. “For me loyalty and friendship should mean something.”

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Karen Bass of California as his running mate instead of the other Golden State politician who’s being seriously considered – Sen. Kamala Harris . The biggest newspaper in California’s capital city is urging Joe Biden to choose Rep. Karen Bass of California as his running mate instead of the other

Harris challenged Biden over remarks he made at a fundraiser in which he touted his past successes working with Republicans to get legislation passed, citing Biden said Tuesday he would choose his running - mate the first week of August. The note was captured by a photographer with the Associated

Harris sought the presidency in the Democratic primaries this year and would almost certainly build a campaign operation from the vice president’s office, as many vice presidents have done.

But much of that griping backfired, as prominent Democratic women complained that using the term “ambitious” is only applied as a negative to women, but never men.

Even Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon spoke out. “Ambitious women make history, change the world, and win. Our campaign is full of ambitious women going all out for Joe Biden,” she said Wednesday on Twitter. “He will make this decision, and this is clear: whoever he chooses from the very qualified options to help him win & unite the country, she’ll be one too.”

Women’s groups are preparing to support Biden’s vice-presidential pick and to fight any sexist attacks. UltraViolet is leading one effort, which will include rapid response, mobilizing its network of allied groups and influential voices, and holding social media companies accountable for sexist disinformation conveyed on their platforms.

Biden has worked with a small inner circle on the vice-presidential selection process but his most candid conversations are likely to be with his wife, Jill, and sister, Valerie Biden Owens.

Tested with Audiences

Throughout his four months of vetting and deliberation, Biden and his team have tested many of the candidates at events with him, Jill or other surrogates. Bass brought Biden to Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles just before polls closed on Super Tuesday and joined him again on Thursday for a virtual fundraiser that raised $2.1 million. On Friday night, Warren and Biden appeared at their second joint fundraiser, which brought in $1.7 million. His campaign has recently sent its supporters fundraising emails signed by Harris and Rice.

Trump says Harris would be ‘fine choice’ as Biden running mate

  Trump says Harris would be ‘fine choice’ as Biden running mate President Trump is weighing in on one of the likely top contenders Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s considering as his running mate © Provided by FOX News President Trump is questioned outside the White House about rumors that his 2020 opponent Joe Biden will pick Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. As he was departing the White House for a trip to Texas on Wednesday, the president was asked about Sen. Kamala Harris. Trump answered that the senator from California would "be a fine choice” as Biden’s vice presidential nominee.

Harris’ fundraiser with Biden brought in more than $3.5 million, the second-highest amount behind Warren, who brought in $6 million at her first event with Biden in June.

There have also been efforts on Harris’ behalf, including a call this week with Biden’s team organized by California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis featuring elected officials and labor leaders in the state.

Biden, Obama’s vice president for eight years, has spoken at length about the qualities he is looking for in a running mate. He has said he wants to ensure the person is “simpatico” with his values. He has also said he is focused on selecting someone who is ready to lead immediately.

There is widespread speculation Biden would only serve one term if elected. In that case, his running mate would start as an early frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Some Democrats want him to then pick a vice president with no interest in the Oval Office so she won’t be running for president during his term and so the 2024 nominee is not a fait accompli.

“One of the factors that any nominee considers when choosing their running mate is the political aspirations of that running mate. You don’t want someone who is aggressively looking to elevate themselves for a potential run in four years or eight years,” said Patti Solis Doyle, Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager and then Biden’s campaign chief of staff that same year. “You’re looking for a partner. You’re looking for someone who can help you govern.”

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