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Biden may have narrowed his VP list down to Kamala Harris and Susan Rice

By: dayan (M) |Time : August 05, 2020, 06:25:45 PM
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Former Vice President Joe Biden could be down to two contenders in his search for a running mate.

A new report from Axios details how Biden confidants believe he has narrowed his list down to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. While the report cautions that things could change, it notes that these confidants "would be surprised if he picks anyone else."

As far as Harris goes, Axios writes that Biden's brain trust has "deep and trusting relationships" with those who are pushing for the California senator while touting her skills as a prosecutor. But on the other hand, according to the report, Rice is "getting a big bounce" from former President Barack Obama's alumni, who say that picking her would "guarantee the enthusiastic presence" of Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama on the campaign trail.

Other possible contenders include Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), who the report says is in third place behind Harris and Rice, as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). The Washington Post previously reported that Biden was expected to interview five or six finalists but that there was a sense that he still doesn't have "a clear favorite."

Though Biden had previously said he intended to make his running mate pick in the first week of August, the announcement is no longer expected to come until next week, prior to the Democratic National Convention's start on Aug. 17

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Confidants of Joe Biden believe his choices for vice president have narrowed to Sen. Kamala Harris and Susan Rice — and would be surprised if he picks anyone else.

The state of play: This is a snapshot of the nearly unanimous read that we get from more than a dozen people close to him.

 *   Of course, it comes with a giant asterisk: Only Biden knows for sure, and the more insiders know, the less they say to reporters.
 *  He's not expected to announce his choice for another week or so — the Democratic convention begins Aug. 17 — so that reality could certainly change.

What's happening: The campaign is now in methodical mode as it finalizes vetting, looks at internal polling results on potential picks and talks to finalists one-on-one.

   * In third place is Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), who had a faltering performance on the Sunday shows after revelations about her past views on Cuba and Scientology.

The case for Harris: Biden’s brain trust — Steve Ricchetti, Mike Donilon and Ted Kaufman — skew older and have deep and trusting relationships with many of the Obama and Clinton veterans who are advocating for Harris.

   * It rests in part on her prosecutorial skills, which could help her attack the Trump administration with discipline.

The case for Rice: Rice is getting a big bounce from Obama people who claim her presence on the ticket would guarantee the enthusiastic presence of both Barack and Michelle Obama on the campaign trail.

  *  If the contest comes down to a popularity contest with Obama alumni, Rice has an edge — and Rice allies point to her White House experience.
  *  Her team acknowledges Republicans will trot out her early misstatements about the Benghazi attacks that were based on incomplete intelligence she'd been given, and she wants to defuse that by bringing it up herself.

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Re: Biden may have narrowed his VP list down to Kamala Harris and Susan Rice

By: dayan (M) |Time : August 05, 2020, 06:36:08 PM
Well, I know and like both candidates - a lot, though I tend to gravitate towards whoever is the best candidate to lead the United States at a critical time like this -regardless of race, or gender.

Having said that, what I believe would be critical in making the choice, for Biden, is (going by Biden's own words) whoever would be ready to step into the shoes of Biden, i.e. whoever can become the president on short notice should anything happen to a "President Biden".

Keep in mind that the United States is the apex country in the world, currently in a first stage tussle with countries like China and Russia for global strategic influence and dominance.

Biden's VP must be someone with DEEP understanding of what the United States represents on the global stage, and how that representation is served properly.

Yes, domestic issues positions would also come into play, but I suspect that international issues (considering Covid-19 and its attendant impact globally) will trump domestic considerations.

Unless there is something else I don't understand, the foregoing observations already skew the choice towards one candidate (even among all the other 11 or so VP candidates being considered by Biden).

I'll leave it at that!

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