Joe Biden, the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee, refused this past week to rule out Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) as a potential running mate. But amid growing concerns about the senator’s professional past, many on the left are urging Biden to drop her from his shortlist the immediately, the Washington Examiner reports.
In the aftermath of the controversial death of George Floyd during an arrest by Minneapolis police, Klobuchar is facing renewed criticism over her own prior record as Hennepin County’s top prosecutor, The Hill reported.
It has been discovered that in 2006 Klobuchar was part of an investigation into Derek Chauvin, the same police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck in the minutes leading up to his death. Klobuchar’s office had investigated Chauvin over a fatal police-involved shooting that took place, but ultimately no charges were brought against him, according to USA Today.
For this perceived failure to prosecute, some liberal activists, including those from noted advocacy group MoveOn.org are calling upon Klobuchar to remove herself from the running for vice president, according to The Hill.
Skirting the issue
Klobuchar, herself, has refused, however, to bow out of consideration for spot on the Biden ticket, The Hill reported separately.
He will make that decision,” she said, referring to Biden. “He’ll decide who he’s considering.”
On Friday, Biden appeared on MSNBC, and he was asked whether or not he has made an official decision about Klobuchar. He refused, however, to say anything definitive.
“Look, what we’re talking about today has nothing to do with my running for president or who I’d pick as a vice president,” Biden said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Pressure on Biden mounts
At the same time, Biden is also facing additional pressure to select an African American running mate. This, too, is something he discussed in the interview with MSNBC.
“I’ve already said I’m going to pick a Supreme Court justice who is a woman of color,” Biden declared, according to The Hill. “I’ve already said my cabinet will be full of people of women of color. Men and women of color. I also already said that there are women of color under consideration.”
“That is not the only criteria to determine who will be the vice president of the United States of America that I’ll choose as a running mate,” Biden added. “It is just beginning the process. I guarantee you, there are more — there’s more than one African American woman being considered for vice president. I promise you that.”
Out of the current reported front-runners for the No. 2 spot on the Biden ticket, two are “women of color” — Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and failed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.