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Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice Race to the Top as VP Choice for Biden

Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice Race to the Top as VP Choice for Biden
Former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and California Senator Kamala Harris at the third Democratic primary debate on September 12, 2019.  (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 12 June 2020 07:53 PM

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden has narrowed his list of potential running mates down to three women, The Associated Press has reported.

Elizabeth Warren is considered the top contender on his shortlist, along with former national security adviser Susan Rice and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

Experts think Warren can appeal to energetic liberal Democrats while Biden pulls in the more moderate members of the party. But since both are in their 70s, neither would bring any youth to the ticket.

As a former United Nations ambassador, Rice comes with foreign policy experience. But her time working as a diplomat was marred by lack of leadership in 2012, when four Americans were killed and 10 others were wounded in separate attacks by Muslim extremists in Benghazi, Libya. 

Then there's Harris, the former California attorney general, who once promoted an anti-truancy program that aimed to prosecute the parents of kids who skipped school. Her past may not serve Biden well, as he works to outrun a past filled with advocacy for tough-on-crime policies.

Other contenders such as Florida Rep. Val Demmings, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms could give Biden a person of color to run with while also satisfying his promise to choose a woman as a running mate.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and 2018 Democratic Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams were all viewed as viable contenders, but now their chances have winnowed.

Klobuchar, in particular, has been haunted in recent weeks by past performance as a prosecutor in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Her critics claim she failed to prosecute police misconduct during her time in office. Those accusations were revived after George Floyd, a black man, died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

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