Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he takes a question from a reporter at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
world

Biden's search for a running mate enters final stretch

20 Comments
By ALEXANDRA JAFFE

As Joe Biden nears the announcement of his vice presidential choice, the top contenders and their advocates are making final appeals.

The campaign hasn't finalized a date for naming a running mate, but three people who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans said a public announcement likely wouldn't happen before the week of Aug 10. That's one week before Democrats will hold their convention to officially nominate Biden as their presidential nominee.

Biden said in May that he hoped to name his pick around Aug 1 and told reporters this week that he would “have a choice in the first week of August.” He notably stopped short of saying when he would announce that choice.

Running mates are often announced on the eve of a convention. As he prepares to make his choice, a committee established to vet possible running mates has provided Biden with briefing materials. Biden will likely soon begin one-on-one conversations with those under consideration, which could be the most consequential part of the process for a presidential candidate who values personal connections.

The leading contenders include California Sen Kamala Harris, California Rep. Karen Bass and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice. The deliberations remain fluid, however, and the campaign has reviewed nearly a dozen possible running mates.

“For Joe Biden, this is crunch time. After all the vetting, all the investigations into the prospective nominees, it’s now up to Joe. It’s personal,” said former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who was vetted for vice president in 2008. “It’s now about his gut feeling.”

Representatives for Biden declined to comment for this story.

The selection amounts to the most significant choice Biden has confronted in his nearly five-decade political career. He has pledged to select a woman and is facing calls to choose the first Black woman to compete on a presidential ticket.

Given the historic significance of the moment, some are urging Biden not to let the announcement linger too long.

“My sense is that the VP himself, having been through this process, is aware of and mindful of not letting people hang out there too long,” said Democratic strategist Karen Finney. “There certainly seems to be a bit of a media frenzy, and I think we have to be aware that at a point, it becomes unfair to the candidates being considered."

As a decision looms, the camps are jockeying for position.

Harris' allies mobilized this week after Politico reported that the co-chair of the vetting committee, former Connecticut Sen Chris Dodd, was concerned about Harris’ tough debate stage performance and that she hasn’t expressed regret.

Several California elected officials and labor leaders initiated a call with the vetting team to emphasize that Harris has strong support among labor and political leaders in her home state. The call was organized by Lt Gov Eleni Kounalakis and included the mayors of Oakland, Long Beach and Stockton and former Gov Gray Davis.

“A group of us really felt we needed to organize and speak out and correct the record because she has tremendous support,” Kounalakis said.

Beyond emphasizing their strong relationships with Harris, they also pushed back against the idea that Harris wouldn’t be a loyal partner.

Dodd said “very supportive” things about Harris, Kounalakis said, though she did not give specifics.

Biden has sought feedback on his pick from former President Barack Obama, who has provided advice but has insisted the choice is his to make, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversations.

Biden allies say his wife, Jill, and sister, Valerie Biden Owens, are likely to play a key role in the decision, as they have with many of Biden’s biggest political decisions throughout his career. Jill has held online campaign events and fundraisers with virtually all the potential contenders in recent weeks, as has Biden himself, effectively offering the contenders a try-out opportunity with the presumptive Democratic nominee.

On Thursday night, Bass joined Biden for a virtual fundraiser that raked in $2.2 million. She has also taken steps to build her national profile, including providing interviews to multiple outlets over the past week.

On Friday night, Biden is set to appear at another fundraiser with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has also been considered as a running mate.

Some Biden donors have already begun to plan prospective fundraising events ahead of the formal announcement. Biden’s team expects his running mate to contribute immediately to his fundraising operation. Of the finalists, Harris is thought to be the most formidable traditional fundraiser, while Warren’s ability to attract small-dollar donations from the party’s progressive base is also viewed as a major asset.

© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

20 Comments

Comments have been disabled You can no longer respond to this thread.

He's making fewer public appearances and keeping them short.

Anything over 3 words leads to fumbling and an obvious gaffes.

All of "his" statements are delivered to the press pre-prepared by his campaign office.

He won't be able to hide much longer.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

I just hope he’ll remember her name. And he does, then pronounce it correctly too.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

The far right (US and 'foreign') can attack Biden for any number of reasons, many valid, but the one thing the far right fear most is Biden wants to see the republic and its democratic principles be restored after Trump's gone.

Biden's team will want the principles the republic's built on to once again guide the country.

The far right worry Biden will bring talented people with him who also want those principles upheld.

Under Trump the far right have supported his ongoing attempts to further weaken the US, much to their delight. And to the delight of Putin, Xi and other despots supporting Trump's efforts to weaken the US.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Build Back Better ??

Am I reading that right?

Sounds like an ad for an "as seen on TV" exercise machine.

What a joke.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

The far right (US and 'foreign') can attack Biden for any number of reasons, many valid, but the one thing the far right fear most is Biden wants to see the republic and its democratic principles be restored after Trump's gone. 

Like what? Regulations, more income redistribution? Racial inequality?

Biden's team will want the principles the republic's built on to once again guide the country.

What Republic? These people are tearing it all down.

The far right worry Biden will bring talented people with him who also want those principles upheld. 

Under Trump the far right have supported his ongoing attempts to further weaken the US, much to their delight. And to the delight of Putin, Xi and other despots supporting Trump's efforts to weaken the US.

Talent??? Lol! What a bunch of garbage! Trump didn’t take a knee, topple statues, ban the national anthem, screamed he hates or despises his country, wanting to defund the police, allow China to get away with screwing the country, stand in the way of the economy and big business providing jobs for millions, block parents of deciding where they want to send their kids to schools, pull our troops out of these never ending wars.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

I'd vote for Biden even if he couldn't sign his own name. Still better than the treasonous impeached psychotic idiot we have now who has managed to wreck everything that every administration since WWII ended has built up. Throw him out and MAGA.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

The Democrats are fundamentally two politically separate factions/entities.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden liberal centralist.

And a second primarily socialist.

Whose goals and tactics are activist left, that's aim is wielding a significant influence in participatory forms of political organisation harnessing the rhetoric akin to a brand of outspoken socialist radicalism.

Joe Biden choice of running mate will provide a clear indication of how far this radical left have ascendancy. How these radical progressives’ dominant power/influence to control every aspect of Joe Biden policy agenda.

Does Joe Biden have the strength of character, to command and lead the agenda?

That is a question to contemplate before enter the polling booth.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Cant wait until he picks someone who is known for being associated with the police or someone who made a living incarcerating Black people as a prosecutor.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden liberal centralist.

And a second primarily socialist.

Whose goals and tactics are activist left, that's aim is wielding a significant influence in participatory forms of political organisation harnessing the rhetoric akin to a brand of outspoken socialist radicalism.

Joe Biden choice of running mate will provide a clear indication of how far this radical left have ascendancy. How these radical progressives’ dominant power/influence to control every aspect of Joe Biden policy agenda.

Does Joe Biden have the strength of character, to command and lead the agenda?

That is a question to contemplate before enter the polling booth.

Well said, spot on!

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

bass4funk, I do have sympathy for Joe Biden, Joe is on the wrong place at wrong time.

Biden needs this like a hole in the head.

Joe Biden is standing in the middle of a unforgiving political form of superhighway, in the later years of a life devoted to politics.

From one direction Joe Biden has Donald Trump approaching, twitter locked and loaded, from the other, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Waleed Shahid of Justice Democrats, Elizabeth Warren, Bernard Sanders and a legion of congressional  supporters who preach an ideologically acrimonious and intractable form of political conflict, that runs right to the heart of the cancel culture society.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

I definitely agree.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

I think their will be possibly two US elections, both will have a significant effect on the livelihoods of ordinary Americans.

The first will be to choose the next US President.

If Joe Biden succeeds the second within the Democratic party to control every aspect of Government.

A toxic bloody battle of political wills

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Imagine if he and the Democratic party had the decency to choose Bernie Sanders. Well they don't because neither parties' heads care about the American people except for how much they can be used and fleeced. They only care about the interests of the mega corporations who also use and fleece the American people.

Trump belongs in a jail cell but so does Biden. And I will keep saying that until I hear Biden apologize for his role in making America prison capital of the world and vowing to reverse the sick for-profit kidnapping system he helped create.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

As I’ve said before, it will be Val Demings.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The leading contenders include California Sen Kamala Harris, California Rep. Karen Bass and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice. 

They are all terrible choices. What's up with Biden's team, anyway? Don't they care about the United States?

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

If Joe Biden succeeds the second within the Democratic party to control every aspect of Government.

Where do you get this schlock? Americans have lost and been losing freedom massively and slowly at the hands of both parties for decades. Americans are so dumbed down at this point they think the question of "What do you want to drink for dinner?" is adequately found in the choice of "Coke or Pepsi". "Biden or Trump" is the same narrow range. Which ever wing of the same bird you choose Americans are going to lose more freedom.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

"Like what? Regulations, more income redistribution? Racial inequality?"

The greatest income redistribution occurring in the US today is due to the prevalence of oligopoly in major consumer markets. The founding intellects of market capitalism Adam Smith and David Ricardo assumed there would be so many firms in any given market along with so many buyers, competition would force prices and thus profits down to the bare minimum, or what Smith called the risk adjusted market rate of return. If prices were high enough to support more profit than this, competitors would join the market and drive prices down. No one participant in the market could do anything to drive prices up. All buyers and sellers are "price takers". The benefit of competitive markets is that it maximizes output and drives prices and profits to the absolute minimum. Everyone is ultimately wealthier.

However in the US you find most consumer markets are dominated by two or three firms. That is not enough competitors to achieve the benefits of a competitive market. Instead you have oligopoly. Oligopolists behave like monopolists, raising prices and reducing output attempting to reach the point where marginal revenue equals marginal cost. The higher prices oligopolists charge compared to what they could charge in a fully competitive market amounts to a massive wealth transfer from consumers to producers. In the kind of competitive markets Smith and Ricardo envisioned in their writing firms would never be able to accumulate large profits, what economists call "monopoly rents". But in the US today firms are sitting on something in the neighborhood of $1.8 trillion in unspent cash balances. They were sitting on more than that in 2009-2010 btw. This is prima facia evidence of oligopoly. But look at the grocery store. Only two big firms dominate the beer isle. Only three firms are selling all the toothpaste, soap, paper towels and the like (Colegate Palmolive, Unilever and Proctor and Gamble). One firm dominates the snack food isle, Frito Lay, and they belong to Pepsico, which also happens to dominate the soft drink isle along with Coke. Boeing vs Airbus, FedEx vs UPS. And in many markets there is only two and in some cases one big health insurer servicing the area. Oligopoly and in some cases monopoly everywhere the consumer turns. And they price like oligopolists. That $1.8 trillion sitting in corporate accounts as unspent case represents the wealth greatest wealth transfer in the US, from consumers to big corporations, and all because the US Congress and Dept of Justice refuse to enforce the nation's anti trust laws. But go ahead and keep blaming "liberals" for wealth transfer. It requires less intellect to make that claim.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Top level, November US Election is a vote with two candidates on the ballot paper.

In reality, incumbent President Trump, if the current poll prediction are correct, will ultimately fall on stony ground.

So, the next President, and all the importance and responsibilities of office will fall on Joe Biden, a 77-year-old former vice president, an ambition free zone, signalling a one-term pledge.

Is it not wise then, under the circumstances, to question the consequences, from the spectre wrecked from a pandemic devastating economic upheaval and US grave mortality rate.

Also, the Government of China's growing belligerence in the South China Sea. A Government of China hell bent on political regional dominance, and abuse of human rights to question how President Joe Biden will respond?

More will President Joe Biden, be the President in name only?

Harangued and hounded by the progressive radicals in his own party to follow a foreign policy of appeasement, whilst at home succumb to the ever more extreme economic/political whims of pressure groups and lobbyists within his own party?

On the other foot there is Donald Trump?

Akin to breaking down on a busy motorway only to get squidged on the hard shoulder…….

Unity government could bring care and resolve this pandemic?

However, Donald Trump would have to voluntarily vacate office. Which would also require an unprecedented congregational act.

There is more chance of John Lennon on piano, reciting Imagine accompanied with George Harrison guitar at my wedding.  However it is a thought.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

"Whose goals and tactics are activist left, that's aim is wielding a significant influence in participatory forms of political organisation harnessing the rhetoric akin to a brand of outspoken socialist radicalism."

For Millennials, capitalism as it is practiced in the US (as opposed to how Adam Smith and David Ricardo envisioned competitive markets ) is seen as a complete failure. Most do not have enough economics to understand what competitive markets are supposed to look like to understand how capitalism in the US has veered so far away from the sorts of price and profit reducing competition Smith and Ricardo described in their writings. Instead they see a few incredibly wealthy people own everything while they struggle just to afford the basics and see little way to improve their lot in the future. Their college education was commodified into a product for which they often end up owing the equivalent of a mortgage and that debt greatly limits their future. They often see themselves being less well off than their parents with the idea of home ownership so distant as to be essentially beyond them. So they reject capitalism outright. I'm an economist by training and while I utterly reject socialism I can see their point. Capitalism in the US has failed them miserably. It is our fault too, for not pushing representatives to enforce the nation's anti trust laws and allowing corporations to basically go feral. The answer isn't socialism but the young do not know that. But they are decidedly not stupid for understanding capitalism in the US is making them poorer by the day and unless the practice of capitalism is made more competitive and the political power of corporations is reduced (you can read the writings of James Madison on the corrosive effects on self government from the failure to prevent the accumulation of great wealth in the hands of the few) we risk a generation striving to destroy capitalism out of sheer anger at the limitations it imposes on their lives. Annual tuition at UCLA in 1976 was less than a month's income at a full time job. $600. That was it. Even in the 1990s. a graduate education at a CSU was $1500 a semester. Almost anyone could afford college without accumulating a mountain of debt. I worked part time and graduated debt free. You can't do that today. Now some text books cost $300 and they edit them every single year to eliminate the used book market. The debt incurred to obtain a degree is killing the younger generation. It has to change.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

By the way that is congressional act......congregational indicates a swarm of something or other.

Almost surreal under the circumstances....

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites