Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden vowed to choose a woman
as his running mate, and per the recommendation of Congressman James
Clyburn (D-SC), that person will be an African American female and
most likely will be Stacey Abrams, former Democratic minority leader
in the Georgia House of Representatives and the 2018 gubernatorial
threw Biden a life preserver while he was drowning in the Democratic
primaries, and his endorsement propelled him to his commanding lead.
This decision was a result of his late wife’s (Ms. Emily
Clyburn’s) strong support of Biden’s political policies
and personal comportment. Somewhere in heaven, she is smiling about
his forthcoming historic choice.
has been much discussion among a cross-section of women’s
groups that have long advocated for a Democratic woman to be on the
Democratic ticket. These debates only intensified after Hillary
Clinton’s narrow loss to Donald Trump in 2016. As the first
female to head a party in a presidential election, her defeat was
devastating for the nation’s majority voting group.
the current scenario, several females were in the mix for the
presidential nomination and for selection as vice president. Six
women ran in the presidential primaries: Marianne Williamson (a
best-selling author), Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and four
sitting U.S. Senators: Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris
(D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
the presidential field narrowed to two—Biden and Sen. Bernie
Sanders (D-VT)--the focus immediately turned to the number two spot.
The conventional wisdom was that the vice presidential candidate
needed to be a black female since African American women are the most
reliable voting constituency in the Democratic base and their votes
are primarily responsible for Biden’s frontrunner status.
the women that were most aggressively promoted for the vice
presidential slot are Sens. Harris, Klobuchar, and Warren and Gov.
Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI). Also mentioned were Congresswoman Val
Demings (D-FL); Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
(D-NM); Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH); and
Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). They all look like America.
carries baggage from her time as a San Francisco city attorney and
California attorney general for her
unfair prosecution of hundreds of African American and Latinx men,
her controversial decision to prosecute parents of truant
children, and her appeal of a California court ruling that had
declared the death penalty unconstitutional. Trump’s
minions would contrast these results with their administration’s
pro-minority programs in the First
Klobuchar is little known outside of Minnesota and is basically a
clone of Biden. Elizabeth Warren, who has been heralded as the voice
of progressive and college-educated white women, did not carry them
in the Massachusetts primary, the state she represents, where she
came in third behind Biden and Bernie. Gov. Whitmer has shown modest
interest in joining the Biden ticket.
the most widely supported contender for the position, especially
among black women, is Stacey Abrams. She developed a national
cross-racial following after her extraordinary 2018 run to become
Georgia’s governor. Abrams nearly won, despite her opponent
(who was the sitting Secretary of State and who supervised the voting
process) vigorously employing racist voter suppression tactics in
her defeat, Abrams has given a well-received response to President
Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address. She has also created
the Fair Fight
initiative to end voter
suppression and ensure fair
elections. As a result, Abrams has gained street-level credibility
nationwide, particularly in
battleground states which Biden will need to win to claim victory.
she will be a significant asset in Biden’s effort to defeat
Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Having already traveled the
nation in her crusade for voter equity, Abrams will be able to hit
the ground running. And she has the experience to push back
effectively against the illegal and vicious strategies the Trump
campaign will use to ensure his reelection.
needs to formally announce his appointment of Abrams as his running
mate soon so as to quell any concerns about his intentions and to
further mobilize and solidify his backing from female voters. He
likewise needs to continue treating Bernie Sanders with the utmost
respect while he extends his lead in delegates. It is imperative
that he do so in order to be able to reach out to Bernie’s
Biden campaign must also prepare for the nastiest and most dishonest
presidential campaign in American presidential election history.
Voter purges are already underway in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and
North Carolina, along with legalized voter suppression tactics in
Republican-controlled state legislatures. The political gloves are
off, and this fight will be bare knuckled.
a political warrior, will prove to be an invaluable asset in Biden’s
battle for the soul of the nation. She is inspiring and has been
able to reach voters across the spectrum. Biden and Abrams are the
A-team for the Democratic Party and for all Americans. The two of
them can remove the ‘Trump coronavirus’ from the White
House and begin to heal our country.
Bernie will end his campaign soon so that we, all together, can “get
on with it.”