5. Karen Bass: It is uniquely possible that this California Congresswoman (and former California Assembly spokeswoman) would have been the choice if Biden had made the choice 10 days ago.
4. Tammy Duckworth: The Illinois Senator’s personal story is the kind of thing that would cross the political aisle if she were the choice.
As a helicopter pilot in Iraq, she was shot down and lost both legs. For her service she was awarded a purple heart.
The downside to choosing Duckworth? She is less tested under the very bright national lights than some of the other candidates on this final list.
3. Gretchen Whitmer: At the start of this whole process, the governor of Michigan was high on everyone’s list – including mine. A series of battles dealing with coronavirus in her condition (mostly self-inflicted) left her off radar.
Whitmer is obviously appealing for several reasons: She is a governor elected in a Midwestern state, has a similarly pragmatic political approach to Biden, and, at 48, represents a next-generation democratic leader.
I was very skeptical that in this climate Biden would choose a white woman to be his vice president. I’m still in this camp, but if he does, Whitmer seems to be the choice.
2. Susan Rice: The more Biden looks like a winner, the higher the former UN ambassador in the Obama administration rises.
It has been widely reported that Biden is looking for someone who has the close relationship he and President Barack Obama had. Rice is without question the only person on this list with whom Biden is personally closely connected.
It also makes a lot of sense, considering that at the heart of Biden’s campaign message is a promise to restore America’s standing in the country and the world, rice is a perfect fit.
1. Kamala Harris: I’ve been doing this ranking every week for four months. And every time, the California Senator has topped the charts.
Why? Easy. She has the best combination of skills: she is a charismatic contestant and debater who has been screened on the national stage and would be a historic choice as the first African American and Indian-American candidate on a national ticket.
But net it all out and Harris still makes the most sense to Biden.