Black and American Indian woman selected as Biden’s favourite to be Vice President
Senator Kamala Harris will be the first woman of these ethnicities to be nominated on a major party’s presidential ticket.
Ms Harris, who represents the Democrat-held state of California, battled Biden memorably on the debate stage just a year ago for the same position.
The Democrats are wanting to put someone of colour and a woman into the position and election race, as in their eyes Hilary Clinton was meant to win in 2016.
Pressure has mounted on the party after the scenes and riots across the country in the last two months of black justice and now seems the perfect time to unveil someone of a minority sex and ethnicity in a bid to shake the system up.
“Joe Biden comes from the ‘safe,’ moderate wing of the Democratic party and I assume he’s inclined to choose a VP who does, too,” said Democratic strategist Christy Setzer.
“But that’s exactly the wrong instinct. Our base isn’t centrist; they’re progressive, and he needs to choose someone who excites them.”
“To our detriment, Democrats always play it too safe with our VP picks,” Setzer added.
“Joe Biden was probably the best in the Democratic field to win independents and disaffected Republican votes, so his VP choice better bring in the progressives.”
One source close to Biden said: “Knowing him (Biden), Kamala is the best pick for him.
“Their politics are very similar. I would be surprised if it wasn’t her.”
“I’d be shocked if it was anyone else,” the source added. “You’re getting to the degrees of risk after that.”
However, Senator Elizabeth Warren and former security chief Susan Rice are still in the frontrunning.
Also, another source close to the campaign said Team Biden is giving Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) a serious look in the final days of deliberation. Bass leads the Congressional Black Caucus.
“The Bass thing is real,” the source said, adding that if Harris was such a sure thing, the campaign wouldn’t be testing other prospects.
“In many ways, she’s the easiest pick, even though she may not be the most obvious pick,” the source said of Bass.
With people, especially progressive liberals not too keen on Biden but highly desperate to be rid of Trump, Bass comes across as favourable.
However, with Biden’s poll in the election field apparently high over Trump it will be seen who he takes a gamble on or whether he plays it safe in the bid for his own presidency in November.
“He’s going to take less of a chance because the polls look so good and political observers would say the race has tilted toward Biden,” said Democratic strategist Joel Payne.
“There are no surprises with Kamala. You know what you’re going to get out of her. No one will be shocked that Kamala Harris is the choice.
“It’s the safer, more conservative choice,” he added.