As Former Vice President Joe Biden is the only DNC candidate continuing his presidential campaign, he is the presumptive Democratic nominee going into the 2020 Presidential Election. Biden is currently vetting potential running mates, and we are all wondering who the former Vice President will choose. I have narrowed down the top 5 frontrunners in order of how likely I believe they are at getting selected. Some of the names may sound familiar!
One thing we know as a certainty about his potential selection is that Biden has already claimed he will be nominating a woman as his Vice Presidential candidate.
With this in mind, the top five I see as the most likely candidates are as follows:
5.) Elizabeth Warren
Warren, ex-presidential candidate, lasted long in the race. She was known as the woman with a plan for everything, whether you liked the plans or not. Warren is a US Senator of Massachusetts, and selecting her as Biden’s VP would greatly influence the progressive, “leftist” vote in his favor. This could prove to be important as many Bernie and Warren supporters do not want to support the Biden campaign. It will take a combined Democratic effort to win the Presidency against the incumbent. On the other end of this, Warren and Biden disagree on solutions to most issues. Warren stepping into the VP role would also leave a vacancy in the Senate that could lose a Blue Senate seat from Massachusetts. Biden has also acknowledged his age in this race and has said he wants to nominate younger support to lead the party in the future. At 70, Warren would not quite fit this demographic. This is why I think she is in the conversation, but is not the most likely candidate for Biden’s VP.
4.) Tammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth is one of the few democrats in America that did not run for president in 2020. Duckworth is a well-respected Illinois Senator that is a recipient of the Purple Heart after serving as a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Before the Senate, she also represented Illinois in the House and she has served the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Duckworth was the first Thai-American woman elected to Congress. She was the first woman with a disability to be elected to Congress as well as the first female double amputee in the Senate. Duckworth also became the first Senator to give birth while in office. Could she become another first this year as the first Asian-American woman nominated as VP?
3.) Catherine Cortez Masto
Cortez Masto, the Nevadan Senator, has the support of Former Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. Biden has already stated that he has a “shortlist” of people he is vetting for the Vice Presidency, and Mediaite.com claims to have sources saying Biden told Reid that Cortez Masto is in his “top 3.” Masto became a very well-known advocate for seniors, women, and children during her time as Attorney General of Nevada. She was also a strong advocate for middle-class Nevadans. Now that she has taken this drive to D.C., she is a top contender for Biden’s VP selection. When it comes to the vote, a lot of the nation’s Southwest voters were supporting Bernie Sanders, and a Latino name on the ticket this year could attract some of that progressive support.
2.) Amy Klobuchar
The three-time Minnesotan Senator is the next ex-presidential candidate on this list. Klobuchar has a very moderate/centrist platform for a democrat, which aligns well with Biden, and would do very well with independent, moderate voters. Amy is my personal favorite option for VP. She handled herself very well on the debate stage, and I would love to see this against Pence. I do not, however, think she has the best shot at being selected. Klobuchar checks off a lot of Biden’s boxes. They campaigned for the same voters, and appeal to the same audience. Biden praised Amy after her endorsement saying, “I wouldn’t be the nominee if you hadn’t endorsed me. You won Minnesota for me.” There really is not a reason that Klobuchar should not be named to the VP spot, but I just think she will continue to remain a Senator for now.
1.) Kamala Harris
Kamala (comma-luh) Harris is the most likely choice for Biden to make. Harris built a strong following early in the 2020 presidential race for herself, which dwindled but could easily be regained in this new opportunity. Harris and Biden have strong policy alignment, and the only thing I even question as to why Harris wouldn’t be a top contender is the fact that she came for Biden’s reputation during an early presidential campaign in June of 2019. After her campaign was suspended, however, Biden praised her and said that they could make a great deal of progress working together in the future. We also know Biden cares about representation in this campaign. Harris is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants and has devoted her life to bettering America. As someone that did not ever support Harris’ presidential bid, I personally think she could be a great VP option. She checks every box for Biden as far as we know, and I firmly believe she is the frontrunner for Biden’s selection.
One honorable mention would be Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who was considered a frontrunner by many, but recently stated she already has the job she wants. The other is Michelle Obama, whose name alone would likely win Biden the presidency by a landslide, but Obama has also declared she would not be interested in the position.