Biden’s most likely VP choices

By Kent R. Kroeger (March 10, 2020)

Charles Fairbanks and Joseph Cannon (in a parody of Alphonse and Gaston) repeatedly offer each other the chance to pick up the bouquet which represents the chance to be the Republican vice-presidential nominee in the 1904 election. (Cartoon by E. A. Bushnell, 1904)

California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris

Pros: The junior senator from California offers a number qualities ideal for a Democratic Party vice presidential nominee: She is a mixed-race woman already tested on the national stage during the Democratic nomination race (though she backed out long before the first caucus and primary contests). When prepared, she is also a formidable debater — which is important should there be VP debates during the general election. Harris’ recent campaign appearance with Biden in Michigan also suggests Harris wants the VP slot and helping Biden get over the nomination finish line can only raise her stock in that regard.

Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

Pros: The Democratic Party establishment loves Klobuchar. Why? The obvious answer is that she’s a woman that looks like the daughter Hillary Clinton would have designed had she the power to do so.

Former Georgia Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams

Pros: Abrams is a Black woman who almost won a statewide race in a red state. At the risk of being too glib, that is pretty much her qualification as Biden’s running mate.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Pros: Do you remember when Warren was the front runner among the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls? It happened, sort of. In the first weeks of October 2019, Warren was neck-and-neck with Biden as the most popular Democratic candidate. She was the candidate with ‘a plan’ and the media loved her for that brief moment in time. However, the Warren-surge ended around mid-November when she released her plan on financing Medicare-for-All, which was either a testament to sound economic rationality or clever subterfuge. Regardless of the facts, her support among progressives started to crater after that and she never recovered.

The best of the rest (Hillary Clinton, Tammy Duckworth, Pete Buttigieg)

These remaining VP possibilities are interesting but mostly propelled by media-generated wishfulness. The dictionary definition of damaged goods is Hillary Clinton. Pete Buttigieg couldn’t win a statewide race in his home state. And Tammy Duckworth, the most interesting of the rest-of-field VP candidates, shows no interest in the VP position.

I am a survey and statistical consultant with over 30 -years experience measuring and analyzing public opinion (You can contact me at: kroeger98@yahoo.com)

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