For the first time in this presidential race, Joe Biden has offered some insight on his possible running mate.
Earlier this week, Biden stated that he would prefer a woman or a person of color as his running mate.
The role of the Vice President has always a ceremonial position. A candidate picks someone to deliver a specific state or a specific demographic on election day.
Obama picked Biden to deliver the establishment Democrats. Trump picked Pence to deliver the evangelical base.
Biden, however, is trying to make the VP role sound as though it is something more than it actually is. During Obama’s presidency, Biden was no Cheney, but he would love us to believe Obama leaned on him at every opportunity.
Biden stated, “The one thing I know is the job of being president in 2020 as in 2016 and in 2008 is too big for any one person. You’ve got have somebody you can turn to.”
Pandering to the Left
With Biden’s selection, he is going to make sure that he picks someone that will deliver the demographic in which he struggles. For Biden, this would be both women and minorities. As such, Biden has already decided that white males are out of the running.
He stated, “Whomever I pick, preferably, it will be someone who was of color and/or a different gender, but I’m not making that commitment until I know that the person I’m dealing with I can completely and thoroughly trusty as authentic and on the same page.”
There are no frontrunners that match Biden’s requirements at this time. Sanders is out of the question and Warren does not seem as though she would be a good fit for Biden.
It is unlikely Biden would go with Harris after she went after him during the debate and the same can be said of Cory Booker.
While she has not had a lot of appeal to the public as a presidential candidate, Gabbard could be the ideal fit for Biden. She can obviously hold her own in a debate and she meets his criteria.
However, it’s still all up in the air. Biden’s lead is slipping, so he has to focus on winning the next debate before he jumps the gun and chooses a running mate.