Joe Biden, the Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, has begun to narrow down his choices for Vice President. In the final Democratic debate, he promised to select a woman for his running mate, which gave pundits and the public the first hint of his choice. Joe Biden is in the unique position of having once served as Vice President, and so has a direct understanding of the abilities needed to serve in this office.
Here’s who we think are the final four options:
Congresswoman Bass from California started her public service as a community activist in South Los Angeles during the tense 1990s. In 2008, she became the first African American woman in United States history to serve as a Speaker of a state legislative body, where she earned respect for her effective negotiating skills. As the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, she is a dynamic and well-liked African-American leader who would be a positive and reliable addition to the Biden campaign.
Senator Duckworth from Illinois has a compelling story that is uniquely American. The daughter of a Thai mother and an American father, she continued her father’s family tradition of military service by serving as an U.S. Army helicopter pilot. In 2004, she received severe combat injuries in the Iraq War, including the loss of her legs. Despite this new disability, she continued to serve her country and was elected to the Senate in 2016.
Senator Harris from California is the clear media frontrunner for the spot, and as a younger minority candidate, she can provide the right demographic contrast to Biden. In light of the recent focus to combat systemic racism, Harris on the ticket could be the right messenger for these times. She could also boost African-American turnout in critical states, such as Florida and North Carolina.
Senator Warren from Massachusetts is the first choice of many Democratic voters, with a recent poll naming her as their top choice. She has also worked in the Obama Administration as an advisor, and perhaps is best equipped to meet the “ready on day 1” test. For many on the left, Warren is also their first choice and would help attract many former Sanders supporters. In light of her primary debate performances, she could also be a strong debater against Mike Pence.
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This month, Mike is recommending Lost States by Michael J. Trinklein.
This book is a short casual read for those who wonder about the different states the U.S. could have had. We learn about the serious plans to divide California and Texas, as well as more unlikely proposals such as West Dakota and East Dakota. We also hear about past proposals to annex Greenland, Iceland, and Taiwan. For anyone who enjoys the history of geography, this is a fun book that shows what the United States could have been.