Behind Joe Biden’s Thinking on a Female Running Mate

Mr. Biden said he would pick a woman to be his vice presidential nominee. Here are several names in the mix, as well as factors on Mr. Biden’s mind.

Comments: 232

  1. Amy Klobuchar is the best choice of Vice President for Biden. I hope he makes that choice. In spite of that being best possible, Americans are confronted with two bad choices for President. Yes, Trump is infinitely worse. Yes, I will almost certainly vote for Biden. But the sad truth is that America has not had the kind of reasoned debate on issues that leads to good political decisions in the end. In the long run, the most pressing problem is climate change. But this is not the fault of "big oil." It is a consequence of too much population growth on planet earth. The population of earth has more than doubled since Donella Meadows, together with colleagues, wrote "the Limits to Growth" in 1972. This book appeared before climate change. But it was remarkably prescient. It presented models of future development of the world's population and resources, similar in some ways to the models epidemiologists now construct for the spread of COVID-19. The message of the book is that population growth must end, if not by using contraceptives, then by a higher death rate. We now recognize that the higher death rate will be driven by global warming. If population growth is replaced by decline, economic growth must also end. The basic fallacy of politicians is the belief that resources are unlimited, that we can run up deficits without needing to ever pay. The current market crash is showing how fast those deficits may become due. That growth will end sooner, not later.

  2. @Blaise Descartes I will vote for Biden reluctantly but it would make it even more difficult if he selects Senator "Oh That's Too Hard to Do" Klobuchar as his running mate. She has utterly no vision and represents total mediocrity.

  3. @Blaise Descartes Excellent points.

  4. stacey Abrams; she's articulate, a wonderful speaker, and would make a great president. Of course, compared to what we currently have.... a Borgia looks good.

  5. @Ayse Gilbert Eh, but she's similar to Beto, in that she's best known for losing a high-profile race. Frankly she doesn't have any executive or national experience and isn't qualified.

  6. @Ayse Gilbert Seriously? A former state representative? If something were to happen to Biden she would be (other than the current occupant) the least qualified person EVER to assume the presidency. Biden is too responsible to choose someone so inexperienced.

  7. @Gray Forbes As a Black Democrat in Georgia she nearly won the statewide race. She could flip Georgia to the Democrats when paired with Biden.

  8. For Biden, who served as Vice President, that title is a lot more than a nominal title or consolation prize. It will be a distinction for whomever he chooses. This could be the winning combination!

  9. Elizabeth Warren please! Most qualified by far—brilliant, energetic, experienced, eloquent, genuine, aspirational and grounded. This woman has taught, litigated, regulated, negotiated, advocated, fought, persisted, listened and inspired, not to mention raised children, managed a massive campaign, and served in the US Senate. Come on Joe, this is a no-brainer!

  10. @Sara While I would agree, imagine Elizabeth Warren as Fed Chair. More powerful position than VP.

  11. As much as I like Warren, I think Biden should be picking a younger VP (especially with COVID-19 striking hardest those in the Biden/Warren Ge group).

  12. @Sara Not to mention her consulting for Enron and Dow Chemical's respective bankruptcies!

  13. The founding motto of our country is "Taxation without representation is tyranny " Americans were rightly angry about being taxed by England, while having no representation in Parliament. So I say, give us a woman VP, or give all American women a giant tax refund next year.

  14. I believe Stacey Abrams would be a great choice. She's smart, charismatic, appealing to voters, a leader and will provide Biden with all the support and the energy for a winning ticket.

  15. @A.A.F. Except no one outside Georgia knows who she is. Get real!

  16. @A.A.F. I like Stacey Abrams but VP seems too big of a leap considering the highest office she has served in is Georgia state senator. Considering Biden has numerous House members, Senators, and Governors to choose from for VP, I think Abrams would be better for a cabinet position.

  17. Amy, please! Articulate, smart, seasoned, sensible, middle of the road Democrat, who can work across the aisle and hopefully help get things done to move the country forward. And considerably younger than Joe. Elizabeth is too old, too polarizing, too far left, would be a turn-off for many people. Stacy - maybe at some point in the future, but right now she is too young, with insufficient experience. Kamela - probably, hopefully not ever. We need a woman on the ticket, but would also have been happy with Cory Booker, for the same (almost) reasons as Amy.

  18. @Bill young Correct. Elizabeth is too old and too divisive.

  19. @Bill young Smart? Her reaction to Pete in the last debate they had together left me thinking she's got the mental resources of a middle-schooler. Admittedly better than Trump's kindergarten level, but not someone I'd want as VP.

  20. @Bill young, I wouldn't want Amy as VP in line for the presidency. Not only did she have a high turnover rate of staff in the Senate, to the point that Harry Reid talked with her about it, but when she was prosecutor in MN the attorneys who worked under her--seasoned professionals--wrote a letter to their union stating they did not want the union to endorse her. She was belittling, insulting and took credit for successful cases that she had nothing to do with. You could see that disdain and contempt she can have for people in her interactions with Pete Buttigieg during the democratic debates. I've worked with people who kind, funny and easy to get along with toward the people above them or those they want something from, but to those who work for them, they're the way Amy treated her Senate staffers and the MN attorneys . Let her stay in the Senate.

  21. If he chooses Elizabeth Warren, he will probably get my vote. If not, I will likely vote third party.

  22. @Fred McTaggart What third part (re-elect Trump) are you talking about?

  23. You do realize this is the exact attitude that made Trump president in 2016, right?

  24. @Fred McTaggart One football stadium’s worth of third party voters, spread across three states—including, unfortunately, yours—were the *entire* difference in the 2016 results. Either you stubbornly refuse to learn the lesson of the choice those voters made, or you are okay with a second Trump term.

  25. I was an Amy supporter, and would of course love her. But I also, I think Tammy Duckworth would be an incredible pick.

  26. @Bill Thanks for all the good things you have written about Amy Klobuchar. I think she would be the most natural fit with Joe Biden. And a team that’s really in sync has a leg up. Take care.

  27. @Bill I believe Duckworth is not a natural born citizen and thus not eligible

  28. @Dave Her father is an American, though certainly it will bring the "birthers" out of the woodwork.

  29. Who is the strongest Vice Presidential choice to be President on Day One if needed? Who understands how our complex federal government works and has proven knows how to get things done within it? Who is young, smart, calm, strong, and a true, dedicated public servant? Whose vision most reflects that of Biden? Who has the gravitas to make us proud to be our President? And who absolutely has the strength to defeat Trump? Sounds exactly like Amy Klobuchar. No one could be a more perfect Vice President to help Joe Biden. We could all rest assured that if she were needed, she would be ready. I hope Joe Biden chooses her -- for all our sakes during these critical days, and for the future of our country.

  30. Calm? Gravitas? Klobuchar?! If a 37-year-old upstart, smarty pants from South Bend can rattle her, get under her skin, and lead her to make wince-inducing remarks and ask cringing rhetorical questions, that's a real problem! She’s great with the over-rehearsed one-line zingers, but her unfounded attacks on Warren and Sanders and Medicare for All — and the lack of a well thought out health care plan of her own (it literally was two short paragraphs of platitudes!) — lost her progressive support, something Biden needs to shore up. Her behavior and irritability during the debates confirmed — on a public stage — the well documented reports of her personally mistreating her staff. No thanks! We need someone who works compassionately with others and leads them well. The excuse that she's “demanding” doesn't cut it. She blows her stack, is petty, lost her staff's confidence, undermined their authority, etc. No “Minnesota nice” is she. In short, she's very Trumpian — and that's a very bad thing! Her prosecutorial record — supporting police over minority victims — is an anathema and disqualified, too. Plus, all she really might help with would be Minnesota — she couldn't even garner support from Democrats in Iowa! So much for her mid-West appeal. Besides, Biden already appeals to working class whites, so she'd be redundant.

  31. Not to mention the fact that she did not do as well in the primaries as Warren. I think Biden picks Warren or a no-nonsense workhorse senator or governor whose seat will be safe.

  32. With both candidates saying they'll nominate a woman as vice president, both candidates still running for president, a host of states yet to hold primaries, and a pandemic in progress that is upending "business as usual," I think we'd be better off if we get to decide who should be the Democratic nominee for president, rather than the media making it a fait accompli.

  33. @NCIndependent Sanders did not say he would definitely choose a woman. He said he would choose a progressive.

  34. @NCIndependent "Both candidates"? How can you talk about a female veep but forget that a veteran congressWOMAN is still running for the Democratic nomination?

  35. I am surprised Senator Tammy Duckworth is not mentioned more frequently as a potential VP candidate. She has an incredibly respectable resume which would appeal to many demographics — women, veterans, minorities. It seems in recent years the viability of a vice presidential nominee has increasingly focused on how he/she would handle foreign policy matters if forced into the presidency. I cannot think of a better person than Duckworth to assume such responsibilities. I sure hope she’s on the short list for both Biden and Sanders.

  36. @Erin Brown Senator Duckworth was not born in the USA. I think that would prevent her from being chosen. Unfortunately neither was Senator Hirono.

  37. @Lorene her father was american I think that qualifies her

  38. @Erin Brown Senator Duckworth was born in Thailand, but her father father was American. She is a "natural-born" U.S. citizen, and is eligible for the Presidency. There are lots of similar examples: John McCain was born in Panama; Ted Cruz was born in Canada; Governor Kate Brown (OR) was born in Spain; Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD) was born in Pakistan. They were or are all eligible.

  39. Was there thinking behind the decision? Or was it more blatant pandering, as with most of the crank political posturing from Biden and his peers?

  40. It’s Amy. And I’m absolutely great with that. This is NOT the time to fight with one another. That’s exactly how we lose, even when we should not. Trust Joe, HE knows what he’s doing. NOVEMBER.

  41. @Phyliss Dalmatian How does Amy bring in Bernie voters?

  42. @Phyliss Dalmatian Trust Joe? Didn't he already lose twice and never won a primary before SC. Besides, don't you want to balance the ticket so you don't want two mediocrities.

  43. I would like to think that Elizabeth Warren is at the top of his list and it gave me encouragement when he mentioned he had spoken with her a couple days ago and had come around to her position on bankruptcy. Warren was/is the most qualified for president in that large group of Dem candidates. As his VP, she will be ready to take over in 2024.

  44. @Dissatisfied Yeah but the Mass Governor is Republican, so we'd lose a Democratic Senator. No way.

  45. Not mentioned: Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM governor, former head of Congressional Hispanic Congress. Has to be in the mix.

  46. VP Oprah would produce a landslide victory. Empire builder and humanitarian extraordinaire.

  47. @Hope Please, NO! Let's stop electing 'TV Personalities'.

  48. Celebrities are not public servants.

  49. Warren, Abrams, Harris, Klobuchar are all great choices. As much as I like Warren, I think that having a younger VP is important to energize the Bernie Bloc. Abrams and Harris have a stage presence and charisma that Klobuchar lacks. Plus, racial diversity does matter. I think that we Dems have a deep bench of young, talented, inspiring prospects. Imagine the line of succession: Biden => Abrams => Booker => Harris => Yang => Buttigieg => AOC!

  50. Biden needs to pick a progressive woman. I still feel so cheated and upset that this country has not had a female president so a female VP is a little consolation but she must be progressive. I would be tickled pink if Biden picks Stacey Abrams.

  51. @Pigenfrafyn He needs to pick someone with similar mindset, vision, and values as himself. Choosing a self described "progressive"-- first determine what kind of progressive. I don't want a revolution, I want a peaceful transition.

  52. How about Susan Rice?

  53. @dgeorge, maybe Michelle Obama and then I won’t need to get a new bumper sticker, just turn it upside down.

  54. @dgeorge Rice will be objected to because she has never held elected office - but how can Trump(!) and Republicans use that against her? She's brilliant, knows the executive branch (and Joe Biden!) well, has a perfect temperament and her choice would not remove an incumbent Democrat from elected office. If Biden feels close to her after their years together in the Obama administration, he might turn to her for VP. She would be a great choice.

  55. @dgeorge :, She is *spectacular*. My only worry is whether she's well-enough known by Jane and Joe Everyperson.

  56. Biden will pick a VP that will help him bring out the vote and win in November. He is a leader that will get things done and will have the “biggest tent” so to speak.

  57. James Clyburn has already spoken on this issue. He wants a person of color to be Biden’s running mate, and since Clyburn delivered Biden not only SC but the African American vote and therefore the nomination, Biden will no doubt either pick Kamala Harris, who’d shore up Biden’s liberal credentials, or Stacey Abrams who’s less important electorally since Biden has the South sewn up.

  58. @AlNewman The South votes Republican in the general election, except for North Carolina, and possibly Florida. The neo-Confederacy is Trumpistan.

  59. @Socrates What I really meant was that he has the southern Democratic vote sewn up so no need to choose a VP from that area of the country.

  60. @AlNewman Susan Rice would be better than either Harris or Abrams.

  61. I'd be happy with Amy, but even happier with Tulsi.

  62. Definitely Amy Klobuchar. She will help Biden win battleground states in the Midwest.

  63. @John He doesn't need the help in the Midwest. He needs a more progressive VP, and Amy does not fill that bill.

  64. Warren has earned VP position. She's facile not obnoxious or irritated easily. She would add not detract. Biden would be so lucky to convince her to join his ticket.

  65. Don’t forget Maxine Waters!

  66. @That's What She Said If Warren leaves the Senate to take a VP position, the Senate will lose a democratic seat since the governor of Massachusetts will appoint a republican to fill her seat. Warren needs to stay put - and perhaps take over McConnell's position!

  67. @That's What She Said Biden is winning despite not even campaigning in states he won. Warren could not win a Dem primary in her own left leaning state. How more clear can it be no one wants her and she is (justifiably) viewed as a radical. Since Biden is old the VP choice is likely a president either in a few years but probably de-facto prior to that. Pretty much the only way he can lose the election is to make a lefty his VP choice thereby showing he doesn't understand why he was chosen. Stop pushing Warren, she is done as presidential material.

  68. I would be happy with any of the three women who were candidates, Warren, Klobuchar and Harris are very smart women with tremendous experience. They all impress in many ways and I think each is certainly strong enough to be an excellent VP and/or president. I do not know enough about Abrams or Quinn's experience. But I am absolutely delighted to hear that VP Biden has now gone on the record to say he is going to choose a woman as his running mate.

  69. I hope that he will choose Warren. She’s a strong problem solver, a great planner, and she is extremely practical. She’s a progressive, which could help bring some of Bernie’s voters along.

  70. Amy makes no sense. Let's assume Biden already captures the moderate vote. Let's assume Scranton Joe takes PA. What Biden needs to do is shore up the liberals that Hillary lost. That means he needs a VP to his left, preferably one that will inspire as many of Bernie's supporters as possible. I think this is Warren, but it could be someone else. In any case, it makes no sense to bring in someone to his right.

  71. @Chris H Amy makes sense because: She's from the midwest where the Dems. lost the 2016 campaign.

  72. @Chris H And certainly not Klobuchar. Judging from the comments when she was up on that stage, I know I am not alone in thinking she doesn't have the temperament, and she certainly doesn't have charisma.

  73. Leave Klobuchar and Warren in the Senate where we desperately need them. Former Senator Clair McCaskill of Mo. would be a great pick.

  74. @fourfooteleven She's a DINO Republican.

  75. Abrahms is smart, young, progressive. he needs the youth vote and the progressive vote.

  76. @glk Abrahms should be running for the Senate. She could picking up one of the 2 senate seats open in GA. The Democrats have to pick up the Senate if we want any chance of accomplishing anything. I supported her gubernatorial run in GA, but the fact that she choose not to run, but commented that she would be honored to picked as the VP candidate, changed my mind about her.

  77. My advice to any he may choose is to watch their back. Elbow bumps only, remember, Joe.

  78. why is nothing being said about Sanders and his potential running mate? They both stated this and the headline only calls attention to one candidate. couldn't that type of reporting sway voters' understanding and, in turn, their decisions?

  79. @Dev Grace Perhaps it's because the headline of the story was about Biden who is now ahead in the game. And Biden made news first in last night's debate by saying he would pick a woman as his running mate. Sanders seemed a bit on the fence when he was asked if he'd choose a woman.

  80. @Dev Grace Sanders did not commit to having a woman as his running mate. He said he probably would. Big difference.

  81. I have been championing Abrams for a while believing that a Biden/Abrams team would certainly be dedicated to advancing justice in America and I could certainly see that might be a guiding principle with the other choices proffered by commenters herein. But I was a little saddened yesterday by his announcement that he would pick a woman because it left no room for Corey Booker as a VP choice.

  82. I agree. I love Cory Booker and would like him to become one of the leaders of the Democratic party

  83. There are so many talented women out there. I was an Amy supporter, but I would also love Tammy Duckworth. The thought of a Thai-American, wounded pilot standing on a debate stage next to Pence fills me with glee.

  84. @Bill Tammy Duckworth is not American born, unfortunately. However, she would be absolutely perfect to run the VA!!

  85. @mroman Senator Duckworth was born in Thailand, but her father father was American. She is a "natural-born" U.S. citizen, and is eligible for the Presidency. There are lots of similar examples: John McCain was born in Panama; Ted Cruz was born in Canada; Governor Kate Brown (OR) was born in Spain; Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD) was born in Pakistan. They were/are all eligible.

  86. Klobuchar or Harris would be great choices who would not sacrifice a democratic senate seat if chosen as would happen if Warren were chosen. Important point is which candidate should be groomed to win the Presidency in 2024, assuming that Biden may choose not to run again at the age of 81/82.

  87. This is the easiest and most obvious VP selection I've seen in my lifetime. Kamala Harris Experience? Current senator and former attorney general of the largest state in the country and 5th largest economy on the planet Diversity? African-American AND Indian-American AND female Gritty, tough, intelligent, beautiful, charismatic, happy and charming This is a NO BRAINER Biden-Harris 2020

  88. @John There is nothing obvious about her at all. She was not good in the debates, treating all policy discussions like she was in a courtroom. All I saw were gotcha moments. Her prosecutorial record, which was the subject of a very illuminating op-ed in the Times, shows she is not fit for the office. Furthermore, being from California brings no benefits electorally on the national ticket. On paper, she should have checked many of my boxes, but as I got to know her as a candidate, I was not at all impressed. Biden can find way better.

  89. @John If Harris has so much going for her, why is she no longer a candidate?

  90. @John Biden already has more support from women and African Americans than Harris ever got. She brings next to nothing to the table electorally; before she dropped out she was running 5th(!) in her home state.

  91. The obvious answer is Klobuchar. He popularity amongst African Americans is well documented and just wait for Michelle and Barack to get out and stump for him. He doesn’t needs votes from CA, it’s a Democrat strong hold. What he needs is someone to stay in the PA to WI corridor and win that states that Hillary forgot about. The goal is to defeat Trump.

  92. Great synopsis.

  93. @Conibral I really like Amy too. But would be happy with either her, Kamala, or Tammy!

  94. @Conibral Amy already has much respect from Republicans and is the best bet to draw support from that base.

  95. I feel that Stacey Abrams is better for a cabinet pick than Vice President. And I think that Joe Biden should unveil his cabinet choices as outlined by other NYT opinion columnists. Either Kamala Harris or Amy Klobuchar would be great. It is not clear to me that Biden would need Klobuchar to carry the Mid-West but he might like her as extra guarantee and to help create a landslide victory. We cannot risk losing Warren's Senate seat to a Republican.

  96. @Liz Risk losing a Senate seat in Massachusetts? I don't think that's a big concern to anyone.

  97. Well, while I am a Bernie supporter, and disheartened by all the support that went to Biden before Super Tuesday. I projected that Biden would be the nominee from the beginning. Biden is a neoliberal, the candidate of the Democratic elite, etc. He stands for little change. He doesn't need to take a Democratic Senator away from the Senate, as much as I love Warren and respect Klobuchar's stance on mental health and addiction issues. I absolutely adore Stacey Abrams, hope that she will become President in the future, and should be the keynote speaker at the Democratic Convention (which may have to proceed in a different way, due to Covid-19.) Biden already appears to have the older African-American vote sewn up. I wonder who that leaves. A white female governor from the Midwest, I suppose. Unfortunately, he won't pick a progressive, just another neoliberal. I do hope it is a woman who supports reproductive freedom for all women, which Biden did not, until quite recently. As a white woman, I find his statement that he will pick a woman V.P. to be pandering, since I am a feminist. 'Oh, let's just throw women a sop, so they will vote for me!' I do not presume to know how African-American women feel about his promise to appoint an African-American woman to the Supreme Court, especially when he did not believe Anita Hill. He barely apologized for that: too little, too late. Also he will probably be appointing only a liberal to replace a Supreme Court judge, RBG.

  98. Can we please strike Stacey Abrams off the VP list. She's talented and bright and perfectly fine but... There is absolutely no credible argument that a former state representative is qualified to be commander in chief in the event that something happens to 78 year old President Biden.

  99. @John I understand where your reasoning is coming from, but that kind of "conventional wisdom" doesn't apply any longer. Stacey Abrams is 1000 times more qualified than the current president is NOW, and much more than before he was actually elected.

  100. @John Thank you! Abrams is unequivocally unqualified to even be considered for veep. let alone on the short list. She lacks any experience outside Georgia's House. Should anything happen to the president, we need someone who can step in fully prepared. We have two US Senate seats open in Georgia this year, but Abrams declined to run; a poor decision. After a term or two, she'd have the right experience and name recognition. Being known only for losing an election is not the right kind of material needed to draw in voters. Yes, I know the gubernatorial race was a sham, with the umpire calling the game he played in. My polling place used to be down the block. It was moved to a location a 10-minute drive, with no direct bus service -- and many of us living intown don't own cars. [I live in John Lewis's district, so this should come as no surprise.] Abrams is definitely being groomed for higher office. Giving the Democratic response to the SOTU is a stepping stone to higher office (it was for Obama, but he'd served in the US Senate). And I got sick of hearing her full name: "Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the Democratic Party." every single time she's referred to. Every. Single. Time. We'd be better served if she got a position in Biden's cabinet -- Housing and Urban Development would be appropriate.

  101. @Silvio M Any candidate the Democrats put forward would be 1,000 times more qualified. That's not a good enough reason to nominate her for veep. There's a wealth of Democratic politicians with much more national experience from which to choose a running partner.

  102. I like Stacey Abrams or Kamala Harris. This will be important because Trump is going to dump Pence (probably blaming him for the COVID failure!) and get Nikki Haley to be his running mate. It would be a great move for him and he needs some dea ex machina. I am also interested in whom Bernie might choose as a VP, at least for the sake of argument. I can't think of anyone, man or woman, mostly because I can't think of anyone who shares his vision and who is neither too New England nor too young.

  103. I am hoping Joe Biden will choose a running mate who will help him beat Trump in November than merely choosing a running mage who is a woman. John McCain realized after the fact that Sarah Palin was the worst decision he made for a running mate. Hopefully Joe Biden will not make a similar error in judgement.

  104. It has to be a woman = identity politics. This may thrill the democrat base, but will not bring over the independents Joe will need to win.

  105. @BearBoy How so?

  106. It has to be a woman because America needs it.

  107. It is unfortunate that Biden phrased his preference as he did; much better to have used Bernie's approach. By "committing" to select a woman, Biden resurrects the image of Democrats pandering to identity politics--an aspect of his and his party's past that richly earned the derision of thinking voters. Bernie's phrasing, in contrast, gets to the same real-world result without the odor of entitlement and/or pandering.

  108. Today, with the collapse of our economy and our health industries to help us during a pandemic, I know no candidate more qualified to stand next to Biden and help him heal and regenerate our country than Elizabeth Warren. After just reading, “A Fighting Chance” and “This Fight Is Our Fight” I am more convinced than ever that Elizabeth Warren is primed to fight for us and for democracy against Trump, the GOP, Big Pharma and Insurance Conglomerates, and Big Oil. She understands intimately how the lower and middle classes have been squeezed out of their hard earned money by corrupt bankruptcy laws that helped banks too big to fail at the same time allowing credit card and mortgage companies to act criminally against their clients. But the best part of Warren as v.p, is that she has proven her mettle by having plans to put the middle class back to front and center of America’s engine of growth. Joe, grow with Warren by your side.

  109. @Ichabod Aikem Agreed and well said!

  110. The times call for Senator Warren to have a more prominent role in our government. She has the expertise to guide us through this economic crisis. I just read and highly recommend her opinion article on CNN's webpage," We Need A Grassroots Stimulus Package". It describes our current economic crisis and what we need to do to prevent a repeat of the 2008 Great Recession. In addition to this, her plan to expand healthcare coverage to more people couldn't be more relevant than now. Biden should seriously consider Warren as a running mate, but, not only for her expertise, it would also be a unifying gesture to put a more liberal democrat on the ticket. The Democratic party is very diverse and picking only conservative democrats ignores a large percentage of the party.

  111. If he is nominated and does not select Harris it is a serious misstep. Selecting Warren will result in a lost seat in the Senate.

  112. He needs to lean a little left on this to pick up Warren and Sanders supporters. Another version of Joe in the female would not be the best approach to make that happen. Moderates are already getting their safe choice, if you forget to address those left of center you could very well alienate half of the base. And let's not bring in some no name, no visibility VP candidate. It would be nice to actually bring someone in with a large base of support, Warren or Harris would do nicely and I'd feel 100% better about my vote for the old white man. For many of us Biden was/is our least favorite candidate but deemed most electable, despite his abysmal public speaking and debate performance, he's "safe". People didn't vote for Hillary and look where we are. I hope we have learned from that and will coalesce around Biden and hope he can make it through Trumps attacks, not by his debate skills but based on likability. Biden/Warren 2020 - assuming Bernie bows out

  113. @Jaime Unfortunately, Sanders base doesn't come out in significant numbers to vote. Which is why he is losing. They're great at attending rallies but actually voting might be a bit too boring for them. They're all for progressive change but when their favorite candidate doesn't win, they selfishly go off in a huff and the result is what we have now. If they had come out for Hillary in 2016 in significant numbers, we'd be addressing climate change and health care and parental leave and college costs. Instead we've been drug backwards and may never recover. It's what happens when the losing candidate suggests that everything is "rigged."

  114. @Steve Dumford If Hillary had not been such an odious candidate perhaps more people would have come out and voted for her.

  115. From reading the comments on this thread, it appears that many aren’t factoring in the Electoral College in their choice for VP. Warren is exceptional but she came in third in her own blue state. The VP will be chosen either from a state that Democrats sorely need to win electorally or to counter any glaring weaknesses in Biden.

  116. My money is on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, though I'd hedge with Amy K.

  117. Joe..... I'll vote for you, because the alternative is too awful. But if and only if..... 1. Your VP choice is Liz Warren. She's qualified. 2. If you promise to only run for one term. You must set Liz up to run in 2024. You MUST promise to be a one-term prez. And you must choose Liz. Otherwise, I'm gonna stay home in November.

  118. Can’t believe you rather have Trump again?!

  119. @vermontague So you would prefer Trump i guess

  120. @vermontague: Let me guess: You are a Trump supporter and wouldn't vote for a Democrat if your life depended on it. How would Trump be better than, let's say, a Biden-Klobuchar ticket? Or a Biden-Abrams ticket? Please explain.

  121. TLDR: Biden is going to focus his pandering to hit as many checklists as possible. And is seems people really don't know what simpatico means...

  122. @Locke_: I'm shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, to find out politicians engage in politics!

  123. 2020 is shaping up as a re-run of 2016: right wing versus far right wing, a corporatist Democrat versus a proto-Fascist Republican. If elected, Biden, while not as toxic as Trump, will govern on behalf of special interests at the expense of working people. The gender of his vice-president or other staffers does nothing to alter that prospect. He is simply using gender to distract from his abysmal record, described here:

  124. @Ann I would like to think that NO Democrat would adopt a policy of governing as you suggest. That would be the end of the Democrats if that were to arise.

  125. Sure, there is enthusiasm for Abrams and Warren, but a Biden/Klobuchar ticket peels away Trump voters. Few on the left would stay home given the choice to elect a woman for VP. Save Harris for AG. Abrams can be chief of staff. Let's beat Trump and unify the country.

  126. @Ken This is not election about peeling off Trump voters, where people are ardently, religiously supportive of Trump (or they absolutely detest him). This election will be about making upper the lost Dems in 2016 that supported Bernie but stayed home or voted for Trump out of desperation with Hillary. The VP needs to mobilize the left, not the right.

  127. @Ken Excellent. Cheers.

  128. @Ken Totally agree with first comment. You want the stay at home Dems 2016. The last person you want is Klobuchar--will be screaming during debate-- "we wish we could all be as perfect as you Mike!"-oy

  129. Last time, an overconfident Hilary opted for competence, compassion, and personal chemistry but got no boost in Electoral College. So let's not do that again. I'm thinking the Michigan Governor would bring some of those Electoral votes back.

  130. @Dee Maybe if Hillary had worked out a deal with Bernie Sanders for VP she would have won. Like Kennedy took LBJ on as VP--his main rival, who's votes he needed.

  131. Whither has already disqualified herself. She has little experience and will play a key role in governing a swing state responsibly. Sen. Tammy Duckworth would be a better choice.

  132. @Dee Did you mean,"Hillary", as in it's all HIllary's fault? For the record, Secretary Clinton , facing this nation's cancerous misogyny and hacking from the russkie/trump collusion, still managed to secure nearly three million more votes than the orange vulgarian.Amy Klobuchar is a proven Midwestern winner who understood the timing pre-Super Tuesday and how to take the best advantage of same, using her campaign aides to give a big boost to Joe Biden in that primary, winning same.

  133. Am surprised no one here has mentioned Kamala Harris. I think she would be excellent - very presidential - and day 1 ready for this job. Far better than Amy. She can energize the base - would take Pence to lunch in the debates.

  134. @Amish :Having observed her for decades: Harris is an empty suit. There is much LESS there than meets the eye. She spent her career avoiding contact with average Americans...I agree he'll likely pick her but I predict she will not wear well. She is in no way competent to step into the Presidency.

  135. @sam g and she is from California--a state the Democrats already have. Amy from Minnesota --the midwest, which reaches down into the South--Texas,Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, to name a few states--fits the bill better.

  136. @Amish Amy Klobuchar/Joe Biden would be 2 centrists..even MORE reason for the progressive wing to stay home or vote Green or Write in. Not a good idea, imho.

  137. Well, seems like Mr. Biden will most likely be remembered for choosing the first woman to become President of the USA. And he may perhaps be atoning for mistakes he did in the past.

  138. @iphigene How about Anita Hill as his VP choice? That would be an atonement for sure!

  139. @iphigene Um, no. Mondale chose Geraldine Ferraro. Unless you mean, optimistically speaking, the "choosing the first woman" to actually become POTUS?

  140. @iphigene When are you going to atone for yours?

  141. I would love to see an African-American or Latina on the ticket, to represent more of America, and to energize turnout. Clinton might not have lost if she had thought of this when making her VP choice.

  142. @Paul Smith Tim Kaine was one of the worst strategic VP picks in American history. If she had chosen a VP with a pulse, she would have won. It speaks very poorly of Hillary's judgement.

  143. @Paul Smith Clinton didn't lose the election. I agree that she could and should have made a less boring choice for VP. But, she was already the first woman to head a major political party's ticket for the presidency. She was competent, intelligent and experienced. What else could we have asked for? It is obvious in retrospect that sexism had a great deal to do with her not winning the electoral college.

  144. We could have asked her to campaign in Wisconsin.

  145. I always liked Jeanne Shaheen, but our Attorney General, Maura Healey, originally from where we lived in NH, is fantastic.

  146. From the time of Bill Clinton women have provided the margin of Democratic victories. That was very evident in WI in 2018. My first choice would be Elizabeth Warren but Joe might not find her complacent enough. It would be the start of a cabinet of rivals. She would balance the ticket in policy which is going to be needed in the midwest to bring back some Obama to Trump voters and to generate enthusiasm among younger voters. They and women hold the fate of Democrats here in their hands.

  147. Amy Klobuchar leaves me cold; I was relieved when she dropped out. I think Warren would have more clout in the Senate unless there is a powerhouse waiting in the wings in MA. NOT!My vote is for Kamala Harris. Michelle Lujan Grisham is our state treasure in NM as governor. We are lucky to have her in the helm as the virus has arrived last week! We need her here— a state that is often overlooked. We are collectively as a nation and as a world embarking on a journey we have we that is unfolding minute by minute. Perhaps, the same care will be taken in choosing a VP as we do with not touching our faces.

  148. I think whenever we talk about the VP we HAVE to consider things like: 1. Is she giving up a Senate seat that will go to a Republican 2. Is she giving up a governorship in a state where a Republican is likely to replace her 3. Would she be better in a different (high profile, influential, substantive) role rather than VP ...and other considerations of the bigger picture.

  149. This is why when people throw out Liz Warren’s name it feels like a consolation prize. A. Why would she want veep? B. She is far more powerful where she is. I do feel Stacy Abrams would be a great option.

  150. Big mistake to say it the way he did. If he and his female VP get elected, she will always be tainted by the she got in because she was a chosen entitled woman and even if she became another Lincoln she will always be saddled with that. Better to say he would seriously consider a woman, just like a black, hispanic, asian etc. Most Americans are sick of identity politics whether it is from the left or right.

  151. Susan Collins will save the day...not ever.

  152. Any information on whether he’s considering Senator Tammy Duckworth?

  153. Amy or Liz would not be popular outside of the highly educated and liberal coastal big metropolitan areas, back here on planet Earth, unfortunately. "NY Times" elitist pundits who don't acknowledge or aren't mindful of that will be the reason we don't win like we need to against Trump this fall.

  154. Biden is a one term president given his age, so this is a critical pick Given this, I would go with Hillary Clinton What could possibly go wrong? Ha!

  155. I rather wish that Biden would say, more specifically than he already has, that it is long past time for a woman to be vice president. I feel that way because there are no more women currently running for president. It is unacceptable that we have never had a woman as president. But because that won't happen in 2020 Biden is right that he should tap a woman as a running mate. Women make up a little more than half our population and are just as good at anything men are. I think that previous sentence sounds sexist. Women are as good or better at anything than men. Hillary Clinton won the election. She is well educated. She is pragmatic. She is intelligent. Yet our electoral college put an ignorant, racist white man in the white House. This has to stop and a woman vice president would be a small (we need bigger) step in the right direction.

  156. Hilary: tanned, rested, and ready? Perish the thought. I'd like somebody though who has more serious experience than some of the names being mentioned.

  157. You want all Americans to coalesce around a candidate. Nikki Haley would stymie any argument a GOP type could make. Mr. Biden has a history of working across the isle. Sure it's a pipe dream but hmmm...

  158. Vice President Michelle Obama ! Excellent choice.

  159. @Socrates : She would certainly draw in loads of voters. But I can't see her being willing to turn her life over to the American people again, tho -- and I can't blame her. Enjoy your comments, btw -- always glad to see them.

  160. @Socrates It seems quite possible, after 8 years of worrying about the physical safety of her husband and her children (who were savaged, much as she was herself), she's washed her hands of electoral politics. The Obamas have a boatload of money now and I love them both but I'd be surprised it they didn't focus on enjoying their lives. They served this country with distinction. I think anything else they do is just gravy.

  161. @Socrates She has said she is not interested

  162. As a Sanders / Warren fan I'm already thoroughly depressed, but nothing would depress me more than the announcement of a ticket Conflict imaginarily Behind the Barn Settler Biden (always pro the Comcasts and the predatory credit card companies) / Flying Binder and Yale Boys Club Insider Klobuchar.

  163. Extreme left, in their intellectually hampered drive to get gender parity, arm-twisted a DEM presidential candidate-in-the-making to narrow down his VP choice way before the primaries are over and way before he can decide based on the political circumstances, who his best running mate might be. As typically seen with the far-left screamers, once he announced that during the debate, they were already preemptively unhappy, because he might not choose an African American woman. And once he chooses one, they will want to see that she has some disability and, preferably, be non-heterosexual. Of course, she should be also driving an electric vehicle and be wearing hemp pantsuits and admit to smoking at least one joint per week. Trump and GOP are laughing at the naivete of the left: choosing leaders based on identity politics never excited the voters (best seen in the DEM primaries, in which gay, female and black candidates are gone, not having gotten enough support from gay, female and black constituents). I dream of a day when the DEM party starts focusing on politicians' ideas, talent, charisma, and likability as the main criteria.

  164. There is a very short runway to November. Biden needs to pick someone with a track record in national affairs and with instant name recognition who can lock in the Midwest. Klobuchar.

  165. Biden under pressure "let the cat out of the bag". This gives the Trump campaign the business case to introduce a 2 time State Governor, UN Ambassador, Nikki Hayley. Pence will cast aside as many before him, also his questionable handling of the current crisis, makes it easy for the WH team to scapegoat him.

  166. A party that keeps changing its debate rules to silence its only remaining female (minority, combat veteran, under 75-year-old) candidate has no business patting itself on its back for floating the idea of a female vice-presidential nominee. The DNC and the press tried to shut down Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's campaign long before schools and bars started closing. "And yet, she persisted."

  167. Biden already has the black vote sewed up, so Stacy Abrams is not an essential choice. And senators from liberal bastions like California and Massachusetts need not apply for the job. Where Biden needs the most help is in the Midwestern swing states, so Amy Klobuchar makes the most sense.

  168. @Joyce : NO. Biden is centrist enough. He needs a progressive Dem, or you can kiss the election goodbye. As much as I'd like to see a woman on the ticket, I think his best bet would be Julian Castro: somewhat progressive but not extremely; a seasoned pol; also from the Obama admin; Latino; Texan.

  169. Although my heart goes with Elizabeth Warren, my gut says Amy Klobuchar is who will pull in the most battleground people. We are spoiled for choice.

  170. The party of the current governor of Massachusetts means Warren doesn't stand a chance.

  171. Such pandering. I would have preferred Sherrod Brown of Ohio, for so many reasons.

  172. Most of the women put forth as possibles are from reliably blue states or could not get a red state to vote for them (Abrams). If female candidates had standing or were able to garner votes, there would still be a serious female candidate running. Tulsi Gabbard is not a serious candidate. Biden should pick a candidate who can deliver a battleground state, is charismatic and can excite voters of all types and is an avid attack dog.

  173. I felt he picked Amy the night she endorsed him, it sure sounded that way. Beyond the gender angle, she will help deliver MN, IA, WI and MI and he will work the East and Southeast.

  174. Can we say pander? If Joe was so determined to see a female succeed then he should have bowed out to Kamala, Elizabeth, Tulsi, or Amy. Oh and by the way we still have a candidate for POTUS that is female even though she is rarely mentioned or commented on.

  175. ugh I appreciate the sentiment but it's like when Romney had his "binders of women." The women in the field were far and away better than either of the two front runners... But yeah, this may help in Nov.

  176. As much as I liked and supported Kamala, she never garnered the black vote in her campaign. She would hurt the ticket more than help. Great senator! Stay there and lead. Amy??? No gravitas. Gretchen Whitmer would be a great choice. And I always thought Tammy Duckworth would be a good choice, too.

  177. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Trump wants to go after Hunter. And with Hillary Rodham Clinton he wore Nas his teeth. Flow will down him. I personally believe he has the flu. He has lied before and I believe he is lying with this. And Biden should name potential Democrats and Republicans to hold positions. As a potential Democratic candidate he should name it now. There are enough spontaneous and direct Democrats needed to fill these positions. He should name them. And lead as potential President of the United States.

  178. @Bob Washick I have no idea what you are trying to say, so I'll just say this: Please mark your calendar and don't forget to vote on November 4 this year.

  179. Choose Nikki Haley! That way trump can’t replace pence with her to get the suburban soccer mom vote.

  180. If he's smart, it will be Amy.

  181. There's more than one way to break the glass ceiling.

  182. VP selection should be Senator K. Harris. Consequently, Biden needs to give VP Harris the DoD, Intelligence, Justice, and State portfolio. In 2024 Biden needs to step down and support VP Harris for President. America needs drastic changes and never, ever vote for a Republican elected leader again. Dems have challenges whereas the Republicans have hate, ignorance, and lies as their mind, body, and soul.

  183. I would LOVE to see him picking Stacey Abrams. She impresses me.

  184. Senator Harris would make a fine VP, gaining experience for the next election. Biden should go further than this, something innovative: Select and propose as many Cabinet members as he can about 3 months before the election. Nominate folks who have superb credentials, ethics, and credibility, to show the country and the world the difference with the current revolving door sycophants. Maybe Warren for Commerce, Kerry for State, Abrams for HUD, Yates for DOJ, Fauci for HHS, Buttigieg for Energy, etc.

  185. @MC123 good god not that has been Kerry

  186. Considering Joe's age and the fact that he's probably going to be a one term president, the VP pick is especially important. Most likely that person will be the democrat's candidate in 24. One of Hillary Clinton's biggest mistakes was choosing Tim Kaine as her running mate. Kaine was about as interesting as a Wonder Bread and mayonnaise sandwich. (Hannah And Her sisters) He couldn't even beat Pence in the debate. My choice would be Amy Klobuchar.

  187. I'm not interested in Joe Biden's VP, man, woman, or dog. He's on record that he's going to choose another moderate centrist. So much for that "coalition" and "bringing the party together". If he had any guts, he'd choose someone he doesn't always agree with. A good leader doesn't surround himself with yes men and yes women. That's the Trump way. Is Joe also going to fire anyone who isn't loyal to him and his banker friends?

  188. As a woman, I wish for the best-qualified candidate to become Vice President. I don't want any gender presents, we don't need them. If it's Elizabeth Warren, it would be the most qualified person to complete Joe Biden, also to challenge him. If it's Amy Klobuchar, it would be the most boring match of President and Vice President ever.

  189. I am not sure who Biden should choose. It has to be someone from a Red State that can turn Blue. It has to be someone who is somewhat likeable to women. The only possibility I can see is Klobuchar, though she is far from perfect. Abrams is good; however, doesn't have the experience and is too heavy set to be appealing to the uninformed.

  190. @Philip W Minnesota is not a red state.

  191. It's called opportunism. OPP-OR-TUN-ISM. Its actually quite awful. While this might appeal to some I prefer by merit. Absolutely, any number of women can fill the position and no doubt competently, but but who wants to be there merely to check a box for Joe's establishment-run media-christened campaign?

  192. I know there are many qualified senators, but the senate is way too important to risk losing a seat. So please, no senators.

  193. If history has any say in this, choosing a woman VP will cause Biden to lose the November election. I hope I am wrong, but history has proved otherwise. In my humble opinion he would have been better off choosing Cory Booker as a running mate.

  194. The VP selection should be based on anything other than qualification for the job. Factors that should be considering during the hiring process include hair color, genitalia, skin color and ethnicity. These are the factors that determine a persons ability to navigate foreign affairs, economic policy and the legislative process.

  195. Honestly, I would've suggested Beto O'Rourke. Beto almost won a Senate seat in TX. He's very young and is an energetic campaigner. He can put Texas in play. Imagine the nightmare Republicans will have if they lost TX? With all the electoral votes from TX? Worst case scenario - Repubs will have to dedicate valuable time and money to retain TX. Best case scenario - Democrats win TX and an easy WH win.

  196. @Sam I agree. Beto could also attract the Latino and younger voters. He speaks Spanish, and he's smart about climate change. And he has talked about his ideas for a green economy. I hope Biden (if he gets the nomination) keeps an open mind.

  197. @Helen Wheels Only someone who doesn't have a single hispanic friend or colleague would think that hispanics would vote for someone because "he speaks Spanish."

  198. The opponent is a grouchy old white guy whose main supporters are a legion of fellow grouchy old white guys. And Joe, the presumptive Democratic candidate, is an often-grouchy old white guy. (I should reveal that I am also an old white guy, and I’m increasingly grouchy as I watch the decline of our once-great country.) It seems to me that Joe Biden would be wise to work against these forces by selecting a running mate who is all the things he's not—not old, not white, not grouchy, and not a guy. Kamala Harris is about the only person who is all four of these things. Amy Klobuchar comes across as the least grouchy. But I would favor Liz Warren. My argument is she would do the best job of keeping the Bernie supporters in the fold. And she would also do the best job of winning back the disaffected middle and working class voters from President Trump—she literally "wrote the book," actually several, on their problems. But I just think she has a lot of intelligence, energy, passion, and integrity. These are things in short supply these day, and certainly these characteristics place her in sharp contrast to Trump and his minions. If Joe takes a pass on Liz he for VP he would be wise to at least reassure us that he will put her to work in an important position as he works to get this country going again. Go Liz!

  199. If Biden's primary concern is experience and readiness to step into the President's job, he should not discount Susan Rice, with whom he worked during the Obama administration. She was Ambassador to the UN, and thus has experience leading the US mission to that body, and then was Obama's National Security Advisor for four years. In fact, Obama trusted her so much he nominated her for Secretary of State, but she withdrew when the Republicans tied her into their unfounded conspiracy theories about Benghazi. She showed great character in her willingness to sacrifice her career ambitions to spare the country the circus the Republicans wanted. She's spent years in the highest reaches of the government, informing the most consequential decisions, and I'd be surprised if she's not on Biden's shortlist.

  200. Val Demings showed her strength during impeachment hearings. I voted for Warren, but she and Biden are not like minded plus the Senate needs Warren. Time now for a new female voice and from a large State, Florida.

  201. Good move on Joe's part. Nice to see his intelligence come alive as the campaign moves along. My vote is for Amy Klobishar, who ticks all the boxes---experienced, common sense, a heart, and from the midwest. Not to say others aren't qualified, just that she brings victory closer for us.

  202. So glad he agreed to a female VP. My first choice is Kamala Harris followed by Amy Klobuchar. Ideology aside, it would be smart to pick someone who can win the swing states.

  203. Biden's choice for VP is clear: Hillary Rodham Clinton. Within months of Biden's Presidential inauguration he will likely be compelled to resign from from office with the disclosure of his dementia, and HRC will at last assume her rightful place as our President of these United States of America.

  204. @Noo Yawka "Her rightful place" is exactly why she wasn't elected. We don't owe her anything.

  205. @Noo Yawka This one seems to be thought up by a Republican conspiracy theorist calculated to scare as many people as possible.

  206. @Noo Yawka Funny.

  207. There is no crossover vote with Warren or Harris ... Abrams -- are you kidding me. Do people actually watch and listen? Google Harris and Abrams on C-span .. The Dems keep thinking they can win this alone .. pull in the DEM voters. They can't .. do the math. Trump has 40% locked ... With Biden at the top of the ticket the average voter understands the the VP choice is "real" this time. Abrams as POTUS ? ... Sorry .. even I can't pull that one.

  208. Lujan Grisham - get to know her name.

  209. Well since we're throwing out the best qualified to appease feminists he should at least choose a woman from a Latino background. After all, minorities have had it a lot worse than the often shrill and entitled feminists that are being pandered to.

  210. Black people have no choice but to vote democratic so pandering here earns Dems no more votes. The VP position needs to go to a Midwesterner to win back 4 swing states

  211. I would love to see him run with VP Anita Hill. She is a brilliant lawyer, a visionary, a respected Professor, and is well versed in Black and Native American histories and the precedent cases which have shaped our society. Plus it would right a wrong in his record and bring a fresh new perspective all at once. If not, Warren, Abrams, Castro, Kobuchar, or even Gilibrand could all be excellent VP’s. Harris gives me pause due to her lack of climate policies from her own run combined with Biden’s. There is almost no wrong choice except ignoring climate change bringing us COVID-19and whatever climate crisis/act of G-d comes next. The VP should be able to lead and implement a climate moonshot to make sure there is no next pandemic to derail the U.S.

  212. Ok. How about Sally yates then?

  213. Of course, it does not strike any Times reader as odd that a running mate for VP should be picked primarily on gender, right? If that be the case, why not pick Beyonce?

  214. Interest group pandering. Empty gestures in my opinion.

  215. @Old Incompletely Wise Millennial Are you implying that he would not pick someone competent, because she was a woman?

  216. STACEY ABRAMS! Not only is she an incredible human being, highly educated with lots of political experience, well spoken, she is a black woman who would add many more votes to Joe’s ticket.

  217. @Mother She doesn’t like to pay taxes. I like her.

  218. Would love to just make the writer of this piece aware that the Medicare for All bill introduced in our senate calls for a transition in 4 years. Elizabeth Warren's plan is sooner.

  219. I do hope he picks the best VP candidate, and not one that happens to be a woman. That would both be pandering to certain voters but also insulting to all around. Do we want it to be said that the VP only got her job because she's a woman? No he should make it clear he's picking the best human for the job regardless of skin color or biological gender. Male, female, dark skin, light skin, any skin. May the most capable candidate be nominated for President and for Vice President.

  220. The most qualified happen to be women.

  221. @Andaucia Absolutely! The exception is Cory Booker, who is young enough to have his own run for the presidency a future date eight or twelve years from now. (Mayor Pete could be running thirty years from now and still be much younger than Biden, Sanders and Trump are today)! But Biden is right, now is the time for a woman V.P. who is going to be a magnificent president at a near future date.

  222. @Andaucia ? In your personal opinion. Yang is highly qualified. Bloomberg is highly qualified. No ?

  223. His ‘thinking’ is really ‘pandering’.

  224. I hope he picks a woman with as liberal a leaning as he can tolerate. Otherwise a lot of Bernie's supporters won't be there when he needs them, not only to get elected but to push both houses of Congress solidly into the Democratic camp. I think he should carefully consider Elizabeth Warren, even though she's older than he would like his running mate to be. She's a liberal that knows how to work with others to get things done, not just stand on ideological purity. She's also somewhat of an outsider by way of background, a nice complement to Biden's long history in government. I think his message should be that the next administration needs to set things up so that the younger generations to follow will have a fair chance at driving the nation in the direction then want as fast as they can, without having to clean up Trump's mess first.

  225. Stacy Abrahms!!!

  226. Michelle Obama

  227. Oprah Winfrey for VP!

  228. Excellent suggestion!

  229. Everyone else knows he's going to pick Michelle Obama. How does the Times not know this?

  230. @West Coaster I believe Michelle Obama would decline the invitation.