The death of George Floyd and then the wave of anger history against racism and police brutality have changed the situation for Joe Biden, in which the choice of a colistière black who could become the first vice-president of the United States, now seems to impose itself.
Senator Kamala Harris, the favourite, the chosen of the House of representatives, Val Demings, or the mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms: all spoke with force, passion and emotion of the turmoil that has gripped the country, seeing that the Afro-American to die, but also from their own experience of black women in the United States.
And on the betting sites online betting on the next colistière the democratic candidate to the White House, their rating has climbed.
With the thirst for justice, for change, the demonstrators who are mobilizing since his death on 25 may, voters in african-americans “require a vice-president black,” says Daniel Gillion, a political science professor at the university of Pennsylvania.
The bookies have taken good note.
Some of the major favorites, there are still three weeks have suddenly plunged in prognosis: senators and ex-candidate to the White House, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, or even the governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer.
All candidates are white.
The former vice president Barack Obama had promised in march that he would choose a woman to deal with him the republican Donald Trump on 3 November. And had stressed several times that he was the candidate of african-american.
Popular among black voters, to whom it must in good part to his victory in the democratic primary, this veteran of the policy knows that their mobilization is key to any democrat hoping to win the White House.
On CBS Tuesday night, Joe Biden, 77 years old, he confided that the last two weeks had “increased the need and urgency to” choose someone who is “completely in line” with him.
“I want someone strong and someone who can, who will be ready to be president from the first day,” added the one who will be the oldest leader in the history of the United States if he wins the election.
In this presidential campaign is extraordinary, already overwhelmed by the pandemic of sars coronavirus and then the death of George Floyd, it is not excluded that another unexpected event vienna influence his choice, he intends to reveal around the 1st of August.
But at this point, “Joe Biden, has many reasons to choose one of the candidate black”, says Kyle Kondik, a political scientist at the university of Virginia.
Ex-rival of Joe Biden in the democratic primary, Kamala Harris, 55 years, was included from the start in the lead pack of possible colistières, thanks to its solid experience.
Girls, immigrant jamaican, and indian, she was the first woman and first black person to be elected attorney of California and then, in 2017, the first woman from South Asia and only the second elected black to serve in the Senate.
It was, however, down without hesitation Joe Biden during a debate democratic, precisely on the question ultra-sensitive to its past positions on racial segregation.
The two democrats, who are long-standing, have since publicly reconciled.
But at the time of a profound questioning of the functioning of the judicial and penal system towards minorities, his past as a prosecutor could harm him.
Elected to the Chamber since 2017, Val Demings, 63 years old, was already noted at the trial in the impeachment of Donald Trump.
Since the death of George Floyd, statements against the “institutional racism” allied to the route of this former police officer and chief of police of Orlando, Florida, have made it climb into the predictions.
If Joe Biden “asked me, I would say yes,” she said bluntly Monday to Axios.
“His past in the police force allows, at its best, to support both the forces of order and to speak very openly about the grievances of the protesters,” points out Kyle Kondik.
Keisha Lance Bottoms
It is with a improvised speech typing, calling on the rioters to go home on the 29th of may, the mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms has suddenly jumped into the head of the pack despite his lack of national experience.
At the age of 50 years, she was one of the first mayors of a large city to support Joe Biden in the primary.
“If the vice-chairperson believed that I could help him to win in November, and that I was the best, I thought seriously”, she entrusted to Axios Monday.
A Candidate unhappy for the position of governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, 46 years old, has seen its rating fall in recent days on the specialized site PredictIt, to get to the level of another candidate approached: the former national security advisor to president Barack Obama, Susan Rice, 55 years old.