The pressure mounts on Joe Biden, always in search of a vice president

La pression monte sur Joe Biden, toujours en quête d’une vice-présidente

Democratic candidate old, white and moderate, research young colistière dynamic, preferably black, for a term that may become the perfect stepping stone to stay in the White House.

Nearly 100 days of the american election of November 3, the choice of the candidate for the post of vice-president, who will accompany Biden on the “ticket”, is of particular importance, the former senator from Delaware has admitted that it would be a “transitional candidate” who could prepare the ground for a new generation of leaders democrats.

At 77 years of age, the former VP of Barack Obama knows that he would be the oldest president ever elected, and that speculations about his health, mental or physical, are going well. If his form were to decline, he was assured that he would not run in 2024. Especially, in the case of death, the vice-president would run the country until the next election.

Joe Biden is already committed to choosing a woman – that would be in case of victory the first in the History to this post – and, with the recent demonstrations against racism, a lot of responsible democrats have asked him to choose a woman of color.

Will t-it the democrat senator, candidate against him in the primary, Kamala Harris? Or the former national security advisor to Obama, Susan Rice?

The name of the senator progressive, white, Elizabeth Warren has also been advanced, in order to please the party’s left wing, but his age (71 years) could be an obstacle to his candidacy. Joe could also turn to the senator of asian Tammy Duckworth, former soldier who lost his legs in Iraq and could seduce an electorate more moderate.

“I think that Biden is not yet known who he will choose,” said Joel Goldstein, an expert in the function of vice-presidential at the faculty of law of the university of St. Louis.

The democratic convention, virtual to cause a pandemic and probably without a joint photo between Mr. Biden and his colistière, is scheduled from 17 to 20 August, and the name of the latter expected in early August.

“The main question is: the candidates for the position will they be willing to play their role on the national stage?”

In the beaten path

In the national surveys, the candidate Biden came out ahead of the president Trump, especially in States key like Florida, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, which have allowed the billionaire republican to win in 2016.

A position rather comfortable, therefore, for Joe Biden, who doesn’t count on is his choice of colistière to give a new impetus to his campaign as did John McCain in 2008 with Sarah Palin.

A glance in the rearview mirror of History reminds us that 15 of the last 18 colistiers democrats were elected to the Senate, like Biden in 2008.

Advantage Harris, Warren or Duckworth then?

Not so sure. The chosen Val Demings, who participated in the beginning of the year to the statement of the trial by impeachment of Donald Trump in the House of representatives, has an interesting profile, she who was the first head of the black police of Orlando, Florida.

The name of Karen Bass, the head of the parliamentary group bringing together representatives black, also returns, as well as that of the mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Two hispanic women are also mentioned: the governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham and senator of Nevada Catherine Cortez Masto, the first latina to serve in the Senate.

During an interview with CBS News last month, the candidate Biden explained that his colistière should be “totally” in tune with his political philosophy, but also “ready to be president from the first day” of a country ravaged by a crisis in health and economic.

“I think for Biden, this getting ready is the number one criteria,” explained in July, Alyssa Mastromonaco, one of the leaders of the White House under Obama.

“I don’t think he can afford to choose someone who is so off the beaten track”.

Anyway, the goal of democrats is to chase Donald Trump to the White House, the choice of the potential vice-president, do not risk to move the intentions to vote for Joe Biden as very marginal.

But the choice of a candidate, a moderate, recalls Joel Goldstein, could ultimately push the undecided or republican anti-Trump in the arms of the democratic candidate.

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