Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden confirmed Monday that there are “four women of color” among the vice-presidential candidates left on his list.
Those candidates may include Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Representative Val Demings (D-FL), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and former national security adviser Susan Rice, according to the Washington Examiner.
Others who have been mentioned are Stacey Abrams — “the woman who should have been the governor of Georgia” — and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a decorated veteran.
Leaving room for change
Biden has previously made it clear that he would pick a woman as his Vice President. Many Democrats would like to see not just a woman as his running mate, but a woman of color.
But in his latest interview, Biden made no promises.
“I am not committed to naming any but the people I’ve named, and among them, there are four Black women,” Biden said in an interview for MSNBC on Monday.
“Black women have supported me my whole career. I have been loyal, and they have been loyal to me — and so it’s important that my administration, I promise you, will look like America,” he said.
Harris has the highest-profile of the potential candidates, but her bid for president has already been soundly rejected by voters in the primaries. Her tough-on-crime record from her stint as California’s former Attorney General also could be a big liability in light of the current push for policing and criminal justice reforms.
The others simply don’t have much recognition factor to boost Biden’s campaign.
Biden’s refusal to commit to one of them at this stage suggests his campaign could be in a desperate search for another option.
The ultimate candidate would be former first lady Michelle Obama, of course — Biden said in April that he would pick her “in a heartbeat.” However, Obama has repeatedly said she is not interested in running for office.
Biden has said he hopes to announce his choice as early as August 1, several weeks before the Democratic National Convention in mid-August.