When Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) ended her presidential campaign just ahead of Super Tuesday and threw her support behind former Vice President Joe Biden, she immediately vaulted to the top of the list of potential Democrat candidates for VP this November.
Klobuchar announced on Thursday, however, that she is calling her bid to be Biden’s running mate quits. According to Fox News, the Minnesota Democrat has withdrawn from consideration to make room for Biden to “put a woman of color on that ticket.”
Biden made clear during the season of Democratic primary debates that his running mate would be a woman, and he has reiterated that pledge on numerous occasions since then.
As noted, Klobuchar had been viewed by many as a strong contender for the role, particularly given her relatively “moderate” ideological appeal, which complements Biden’s and comes in contrast to other more progressive possibilities.
Others thought the Minnesotan might benefit from the ability to win over undecided voters in the nation’s heartland.
Alas, given the Democratic Party’s firm embrace of identity politics, it was growing increasingly unlike that Klobuchar would be chosen — and she undoubtedly could read that writing on the wall.
The senator announced her withdrawal during an interview with MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, where, according to Fox, she said of her participation in the ongoing “veepstakes”:
After what I’ve seen in my state and what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment.
“I truly believe, as I actually told the vice president last night when I called him, that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket,” Klobuchar added, according to Politico. “There are so many incredibly qualified women.”
The “veepstakes” will go on
With Sen. Klobuchar now out of the running, Fox noted that the top contenders for the role of Biden’s running mate have boiled down to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
Notably absent from that shrinking list of potential candidates is failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who has been desperately and blatantly lobbying for the position for some time.
In response to the news of Klobuchar’s withdrawal, Biden, who is expected to announce his choice for a running mate by Aug. 1, posted a message to social media praising the senator and thanking her for her support in his mission to “beat Donald Trump.”
Amy — from the moment you announced you were running for president in a snowstorm, it wasn’t hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to. You know how to get things done. With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump. https://t.co/4kquPZtSV9
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 19, 2020