Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) removed herself from consideration to be former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 presidential election Thursday night saying the veep candidate should be a woman of color.
From NBC News:
“America must seize on the moment and I truly believe — as I actually told the VP last night when I called him — that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket,” she told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell in an exclusive interview Thursday night. “And there are so many incredible, qualified women. But if you wanna heal this nation right now, my party yes, but our nation, this is a helluva way to do it.”
Biden responded in a tweet late Thursday saying that when she first announced her presidential bid, it “wasn’t hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to” and that with her help, “We’re going to beat Donald Trump.”
Klobuchar’s announcement was no doubt based, in part, on the weeks of protests in her home state of Minnesota after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. But also, Klobuchar’s tenure as chief prosecutor for Hennepin County has received renewed scrutiny, specifically in cases of police brutality.
Biden has said he expects to announce his running mate by August 1. Pundits say Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are among the front-runners.
Amy — from the moment you announced you were running for president in a snowstorm, it wasn’t hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to. You know how to get things done. With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump. https://t.co/4kquPZtSV9
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 19, 2020