Earlier this month, Joe Biden pledged that should he get the Democratic nomination, a woman will be his running mate. When asked during the debate in D.C., "How will your cabinet ensure the best advice on issues that affect women's physical and financial health?" Biden committed to putting a woman on his ticket.
"If I'm elected president, my cabinet, my administration will look like the country, and I commit that I will, in fact, pick a woman to be vice president," Biden says in the video above. "There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president."
As Biden increases his lead as the Democratic frontrunner, the question remains: who will he choose as his VP? Here are a few women we think could be in the running.
Several of Biden's former competitors for the Democratic nomination could be on his short-list for VP, including Senator Klobuchar, who suspended her own campaign ahead of Super Tuesday and swiftly endorsed Biden. Adding Klobuchar to the ticket could help Biden shore up support in the midwest, as she is enormously popular in her home state of Minnesota; she also had notable performances in recent debates, which helped to raise her national profile, but it seems Biden has yet to make his decision about her yet.
"I am not talking about hypotheticals. I have not [talked to him about this]," Klobuchar recently said on The View. "There are great women throughout this country, and no one knows better about being vice president than Joe Biden."
"He did the job really well with [former President] Barack Obama for eight years," she continued. "So he'll make that decision. I think right now we're in a crisis. That's why people are turning to him."
Senator Harris is another of Biden's former sparring partners who could share the ticket come November. Like Kloubuchar, Harris made a name for herself during the debates, and while she doesn't help Biden flip a swing state, having a person of color on the ticket is a key issue for many Democratic voters.
Last August Biden said he was open to choosing a person of color as his running mate, suggesting it might be his preference. "Whomever I pick, preferably it will be someone who was of color and/or a different gender, but I'm not making that commitment until I know that the person I'm dealing with I can completely and thoroughly trust as authentic and on the same page [as me]," he said.
Biden has eliminated the possibility of choosing Bernie Sanders as his running mate (and Sanders all but did the same regarding Biden, should he be the nominee), but some members of the liberal wing of the Democratic party are hoping Biden will choose Elizabeth Warren and shore up his prospects with progressives.
Last week, Biden's campaign announced that he was adopting Warren's bankruptcy legislation as part of his platform, which was seen as an olive branch to both progressive-leaning Democrats and Warren supporters.
While Duckworth wasn't a candidate during this election cycle, the junior Senator from Illinois checks a number of advantageous boxes for Biden, should he add her to the ticket. Not only is she a woman of color, but she is a decorated veteran with years of legislative experience, and she could also help Biden's appeal in the midwest.
Catherine Cortez Masto
A relative newcomer among the senators on this list, Nevada Senator Cortez Masto represented a changing of the guard in the Democratic party when she took over for Harry Reid following his retirement in 2016. One notable area where Bernie has had success in the primaries has been with Latinx voters; she could provide a much-needed boost to Biden's appeal in that community.
Abrams earned national attention when she nearly won the Georgia gubernatorial race in 2018 as the first black woman in the U.S. to be a major party's nominee for governor. Biden has floated the idea of having Abrams in the past. When asked about his vice presidential pick last fall, he said, "I could start naming people but the press will think that’s who I picked." But then he vaguely listed the qualifications of a few women, including "the woman who should have been the governor of Georgia." Abrams's lack of executive experience, however, could be an obstacle to overcome.
Michelle Lujan Grisham
The only Latina governor in the country, Lujan Grisham, too, could help Biden with his appeal in the Latinx community. And as Trump targets her home state of New Mexico, her place on the ticket might help keep it blue.
Another name that keeps getting floated is Gretchen Whitmer, who was elected governor of Michigan in 2018 and is widely considered a rising star within the Democratic Party. But she's confirmed that “it’s not going to be me.”
"I think it's important that he has a woman running mate, to be honest. I think that there are a lot of phenomenal potential running mates for him," she recently told MSNBC. "I'm going to help him vet and make sure he's got a great running mate. It is not going to be me."
While women listed above are all likely choices, Biden could also go with a longshot. Senator Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire, Florida Representative Val Demings, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, and Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley are all possible if unlikely options.
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