Many believed after Joe Biden’s disastrous interview with Charlamagne tha God on The Breakfast Club that the former vice president was cornered into picking a running mate who is a woman of color to offset the damage.
But during an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday, Biden backtracked on that, Breitbart reported. The Democrat presidential hopeful said he’s not ready to make any promises.
“Look, I’m not going to get into that now because we haven’t gotten there yet,” Biden told CNN, according to Breitbart. “There’s a lot of really qualified women that are ready to be president, but I’m not making that commitment.”
Not there yet
Biden has reportedly hired a four-person committee to handle the review and vetting process of possible VP candidates.
Initially, many thought Biden had made a backroom deal with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar to drop out of the Democratic primary race and support him in exchange for a spot on his ticket. However, everything changed after his interview on The Breakfast Club.
Speaking with Charlamagne tha God, Biden suggested that those who aren’t sure they’ll vote for him over Donald Trump “ain’t black,” as The New York Times reported. Still, it doesn’t seem he’s ready to vow he’ll put a woman of color on his ticket to make up for it.
“There are women of color under consideration and there are women from every part of the country under consideration,” he told CNN, according to Breitbart.
Graham eyes Harris
Regardless of what Biden is saying, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) believes that his colleague Kamala Harris (D-CA) has the inside track to be tapped as Democrats’ 2020 VP candidate. Graham suggested in a recent interview that unless Biden chooses a woman of color, he will lose a large majority of the far-left progressive votes.
Speaking Thursday, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Graham, “Has former Vice President Biden lost his step, or a lap, or even the energy necessary to run for president?” According to the Washington Examiner, Graham replied:
You know, ask me that in October. He’s doing well in his basement. He’s nicer than Hillary Clinton. And he’s not as wild as Bernie Sanders on policy. He will be appealing at first glance, but what we have to do is associate him with an agenda that’s not appealing. He’s the front guy of a very dangerous agenda.
Graham went on to say that Joe Biden had “put himself in a box,” and Hewitt suggested that more or less left him with Kamala Harris as his top choice.
“I think she’s the leading candidate,” Graham conceded, according to the Examiner. “I know her. I didn’t like what she did in [the] Kavanaugh [Supreme Court confirmation hearings] by any stretch of the imagination. But she’s hard-nosed. She’s smart. She’s tough.”
But will she be Biden’s pick? Only time will tell.