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Joe Biden VP Ranking: The * final * list



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.

These twin controversies seemed to have muted the glow around bass. However, according to a number of published reports, she has a powerful ally in former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd who heads Biden’s review committee.

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.

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7;s second career is in politics, having held a house and now a Senate seat in Illinois. In addition to her incredible history and Midwestern roots, being the first Asian-American woman on a national ticket would be a storied choice.

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.

Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan governor

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.

That was a mistake as Biden and his review team were clearly keeping an eye on Whitmer. She traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet Biden in person – and that doesn’t happen, especially so late at the veepstakes, unless she’s seriously considered.

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.

Susan Rice

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.

Disadvantage? The Trump campaign will mark her as the root of the problem of the Benghazi attack and its aftermath, and record her role in a January 20, 2017 meeting through Michael Flynn.
California Sen. Kamala Harris

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.

Does it have disadvantages? Yes. (Who doesn’t?) Your record as attorney general in California is ripe for the harvest (as the New York Times noted on Sunday morning). And her performance as a standalone candidate – after an initial promise – is worrying.

But net it all out and Harris still makes the most sense to Biden.


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