Remember when Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) dropped out of the presidential race right before Super Tuesday and stunned everyone? Well, now we know why.
Citing a report from the New York Post, the Daily Wire reported Sunday that Klobuchar is now the favorite for the position of vice president on Joe Biden’s ticket.
It is widely believed there are four women who the Biden campaign is seriously considering for vice president. The four names on that shortlist would be Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), according to the Post.
Biden has made it clear that he is planning on choosing a woman as his running mate, but he’ll also need that woman to appeal to other demographics since he is severely lacking in appeal.
Duckworth is an Army veteran. President Donald Trump Trump is very popular with veterans, so adding her to the ticket gives him some nice pop in what would normally be his base. Duckworth served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and lost both of her legs from wounds suffered during combat, the Post reported.
Whitmer is the current governor of Michigan and has come to notoriety over her grandstanding against President Trump during the crisis. She has turned her state’s lack of preparation into a way to attack President Trump and had quickly become the darling of the party.
Harris, as we all know, is a former presidential candidate and is African-American, which could help the former VP further solidify his hold on black voters.
There is, however, the stigma of Harris’s falling popularity after she attacked Biden during the first primary debate. She would probably add just as much negativity to the ticket as she would benefits.
That would lead us to Amy Klobuchar, who appears to be the odds-on-favorite right now.
According to the Post‘s report, a senior party official said that if Biden’s campaign is “smart,” they will “beg her to do it.” Klobuchar could hold the key to garnering the votes of rust belt swing voters in the general election.
When Klobuchar dropped out of the race and endorsed Joe Biden, she not only helped him carry Minnesota, her home state, but she also but him over the hump in Michigan and Massachusetts, three states many experts believe Biden would have lost without her dropping out and endorsing him.
The endorsement won him Super Tuesday, of that there is little doubt, so Biden almost certainly owes his victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to Klobuchar. Only time will tell if he’ll soon make up his debt.