Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s aspirations for the 2020 presidential ticket appear to be over after the Minnesota Democrat announced that she would be dropping out of consideration to be Joe Biden’s running mate so he could “put a woman of color on that ticket,” Fox News reported.
She made the remark during an interview on MSNBC on Thursday, telling host Lawrence O’Donnell that she had contacted the presumptive Democratic nominee to make her decision official.
“There are so many incredibly qualified women,” Klobuchar said. “But if you want to heal this nation right now — my party, yes, but our nation — this sure is a hell of a way to do it. And that’s just what I think after being through this in my state.”
Breaking on @TheLastWord. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says that she called Joe Biden last night and told him: “I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket. And there are so many incredibly qualified women.” @MSNBC
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 19, 2020
A “historic moment”
Klobuchar said that she made up her mind after witnessing the “historic moment” of national unrest that continues to sweep through the nation.
Biden has vowed to pick a woman to be his running mate, but Klobuchar, who had once been a top contender, saw her path narrow when the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis brought critical attention to her previous work as a prosecutor.
In response to her withdrawal, the former vice president released a statement praising Klobuchar’s “grit and determination,” which he said was on display from the moment she stood in a snowstorm to announce her presidential candidacy.
“You know how to get things done,” Biden added in a tweet, according to Fox. “With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump.”
Several women of color remain in the running, according to recent reports. Led by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), other potential candidates include former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Klobuchar was seen by some Democrats as a candidate who could appeal to moderate, middle-class Democrats and her Rust Belt ties were considered a possible asset for Biden, The Hill noted.
Her decision to drop out of the presidential primary race after Biden’s resounding South Carolina victory was also interpreted as a major boost in propelling him to secure the presumptive nomination of his party.
It remains to be seen whether a Biden administration would find another place for Klobuchar to serve. For now, though, the candidate and his campaign are focused on finding a way to beat President Donald Trump.