Why all the sudden activities? With Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders finally ending his campaign last week, it now seems perfectly acceptable to openly express his interest in becoming the second person to hold the post of Biden. So people scramble. Lots!
For that reason, I will now release my new and updated ranking of the Top 10 women – Biden has promised to elect a female vice president – who will probably be a Democratic vice-presidential candidate, every Thursday until a choice is made.
My latest ranking is below. Woman ranked number one is the most preferred VP choice today.
10. Stacey Abrams: If the past was a prologue, actively campaigning to become vice president almost ensured that Abrams would not get it. (Historically, acting as if you were almost completely unaware that even having a vice president chosen is a recipe for success.) It is said that Abrams is a young woman (46), an African-American woman who won several thousand votes from winning the Georgian governor in 2018. (Previous rank: 9)
But there is no question how central Wisconsin will be to the Biden and Trump election map. And Baldwin has just been re-elected to the Senate from the state with 55% in 2018. (Previous rank: 7)
7. Tammy Duckworth: Illinois senator continues to fly under the national radar when it comes to the VP election process. He doesn’t watch much national cable TV and doesn’t give interviews where he floats himself as a possibility.
6. Susan Rice: I have left Rice, who served as ambassador to the United Nations and national security adviser in the Obama administration, out of my first two sets of VP rankings. I have been convinced – by people in a position to know these things – that is a mistake. On paper, Rice made perfect sense: An African-American woman who was close to Obama and had one of the deepest sources of national security knowledge in the country. Plus, at age 55, Rice will represent the type of generation that Biden is looking for. (Previous rank: Not ranked)
3. Catherine Cortez Masto: The Nevada senator just made a lot of sense to Biden. He has the experience he is looking for (he was the attorney general in the state before being elected to the Senate in 2016). But at the age of 56, he also made sense as a bridge of generations for him.
In addition, he is one of the highest ranking Latina elected officials in the country, at a time when the population is booming and Biden hopes to capture voters in key countries such as Colorado, Florida and, yes, Nevada, in November. (Previous rank: 4)
2. Amy Klobuchar: If Biden watches the presidential campaign, the Minnesota senator runs in 2020 – and he – then he knows that he has a long track record of electoral success in the Midwest, supports his pragmatic approach to politics and is an excellent debater. He is also much better known today than 18 months ago – and is preferred. (Previous rank: 3)
1. Kamala Harris: Like Cortez Masto, Harris is an absolute sweet spot between age and experience. He is 55 years old – two decades younger than Biden – but also old enough to serve as, among others, California’s attorney general. He is also the most prominent African-American elected official in the country now, and given how black voters were central to Biden’s ultimate victory, it was a big advantage for him. (Previous ranking: 1)
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