Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has been vetting potential running mates for several weeks as pressure mounts for an announcement.
The committee responsible for narrowing down that list has arrived at six possible top candidates, including U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), according to Fox News.
A shortlist emerges
The former vice president has already confirmed that he would choose a woman to fill out the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential ticket. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) had been considered a favorite, but the protests resulting from the death of George Floyd last month changed everything.
As a prosecuting attorney, Klobuchar reportedly had an opportunity to go after officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder charges related to a video showing him with his knee of Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Instead of pushing for charges against the ex-officer in response to the previous complaints, she reportedly left it up to a grand jury and he was never indicted.
Along with ongoing demonstrations against racial injustice, Klobuchar’s fall from prominence opened up the field to candidates of color.
In addition to Harris, who faced off against Biden earlier in the primaries, the list of likely candidates includes Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and former national security adviser Susan Rice.
The likeliest candidates
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the only woman not identified as a person of color, though she has her own controversial history regarding ethnicity.
While Harris appears to be in an enviable position ahead of Biden’s announcement, the two had a confrontational history during the presidential primary race and appear to disagree to some extent on the topic of police reform.
The senator came out in favor of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to reallocate millions of dollars from the city’s police budget to other community organizations.
In his response to increased calls to defund law enforcement agencies, Biden said he was not on board.
Biden is facing his own challenges aside from the process of selecting a running mate. From the constant gaffes to a sexual assault allegation, any candidate will have her work cut out for her in attempting to excite the party’s voter base ahead of November.