Former Vice President Joe Biden is currently weighing his options for a running mate in 2020, with an announcement set for next week. All that we know thus far as Biden’s choice is that it will be a woman, after the career politician committed to such a choice earlier in the 2020 race.
But who that woman will be is still very unknown. Senator Amy Klobuchar took herself out of the running citing her belief that it was time for a woman of color to be on the ticket. That essentially left Elizabeth Warren as the sole, known white woman on the shortlist.
A sneaky photograph from just days ago seemed to indicate that Biden was set to announce Senator Kamala Harris – which would be an incredibly detrimental choice given her long and infamous career as a take-no-guff prosecutor who appeared to relish in sending non-violent drug offenders to prison via the mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.
It appears as though the Democrats understand this, with some working behind the scenes to prevent such a catastrophic mistake from occurring.
Some of Joe Biden’s allies are waging a campaign behind the scenes to stop Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., from becoming his vice president.
This disgruntled group of at least a dozen Biden backers, including a few of his top donors, initiated the move against Harris close to a month ago, just weeks before a decision is expected, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. Many who spoke to CNBC declined to be named as these efforts have been made in private.
In some cases, her foes have taken their concerns directly to members of Biden’s VP search committee, led by former Sen. Chris Dodd, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., and Cynthia Hogan, who previously served as counsel to the presumptive Democratic nominee when he was vice president under President Barack Obama.
While some have expressed concern over Harris’ brutal attacks against Biden during the primary could come back to haunt her, others believe that Harris represents the worst of the criminal justice system. And, with young Americans increasingly agitated over the state of policing in the United States, adding such a litigious stalwart to the ticket seems likely to sink Biden’s shot at taking the Oval Office come November.
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