Amy Klobuchar drops out of VP consideration, tells Biden to choose woman of color

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, once considered the frontrunner to be Joe Biden’s pick for Vice President, appeared on The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell Thursday night where she informed the nation that she not only withdrew her name from consideration, but revealed that while doing so, she urged Biden to choose a woman of color as his running mate.

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AMY KLOBUCHAR: As I sat at George Floyd's memorial, as I talk to people across this country in the last few weeks, yes, I came to this conclusion.

- Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, once considered the front-runner to be Joe Biden's pick for vice president, appeared on "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell Thursday night, where she informed the nation that she not only withdrew from consideration for VP, but she gave Biden her thoughts on who he should pick.

AMY KLOBUCHAR: This is a historic moment, and America must seize on this moment. And I truly believe, as I actually told the vice president last night when I called him, that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.

- Names like Kamala Harris and Stacey Abrams have been talked about for potential candidates, but Klobuchar believes there are many more.

AMY KLOBUCHAR: There are so many incredibly qualified women. But if you want to heal this nation right now-- my party, yes, but our nation-- this is sure a hell of a way to do it.

- Klobuchar explained that the nationwide unrest following the killing of George Floyd led her to the conclusion that Biden should choose a woman of color.

AMY KLOBUCHAR: I think it would be taking what has been a tragedy, but yet this moment of galvanizing force across this country, and taking it and unifying our country but also doing it in a joyful way, by putting someone of color on this ticket.

- And Klobuchar cited the late Senator John McCain as to why she remains joyful in withdrawing from consideration.

AMY KLOBUCHAR: As our friend-- my friend John McCain always said, there's nothing more liberating than a cause larger than yourself. This cause of making sure we have a decent person in the White House in Joe Biden, that's my cause.

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