Reports: Kamala Harris remains in contention as Biden whittles VP list

Those in the know believe that Joe Biden may be closing in on his pick for vice president.

According to recent reports, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) — whose own presidential campaign ended back in December — is atop the list of prospective candidates to become Joe Biden’s running mate. 

Biden’s criteria

Readers will likely remember that back in March, Biden specifically pledged to choose a woman to be his running mate, as CNBC reported.

“I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president,” Biden said during a Democratic Party debate. “There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow.”

In between then and now, we have seen the death of George Floyd and accompanying racial unrest — and, with this, Biden has faced growing pressure to select a woman of color as his VP.

Harris, of course, ticks both of the necessary boxes.

Conventional wisdom in terms of choosing a running mate dictates that a candidate should pick someone who can help compensate for his or weaknesses, and the 55-year-old Harris, who is black, would perhaps offer a more relevant perspective — at least in the mind of Democrat voters — on current social circumstances than would Biden, an old, white male.

No official confirmation

It should be noted, however, that neither Biden himself nor his campaign representatives have confirmed any of the speculation about Harris’ prospects.

In fact, according to The Hill, Biden stated in a recent interview that what has happened following the death of George Floyd will not influence his decision-making process when it comes to the number-two spot on his ticket, “except it’s put a greater focus and urgency on the need to get someone who is totally simpatico with where I am.”

That being said, other reports have emerged about Biden’s current shortlist for possible running mates, and Reuters reports that those in the running include not just Harris, but also U.S. Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) and Atlanta, Georgia, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, both black women.

Perhaps not so “simpatico”

It must be remembered, though, that despite being a potential vice presidential fit from outward appearances, Harris may not be quite as “simpatico” Biden would like. Recently, Harris came very close to saying she was in favor of calls to defund the police, supporting a measure by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to cut resources for his city’s own force, while Biden has explicitly come out against defunding law enforcement.

All things considered, though, and as the latest reports suggest, Harris is looking more and more like a solid vice presidential prospect for the Biden campaign.

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