Former Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has withdrawn her name from consideration to be Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick.
During a segment on MSNBC, Klobuchar said in light of events that happened in Minneapolis and Atlanta, Biden should choose a woman of color to join him on the presidential ballot.
“After what I’ve seen in my state and what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment,” Klobuchar said, telling Biden he should instead select a woman of color. “I truly believe, as I actually told the vice president last night when I called him, that I think that this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.”
She added: “And there are so many incredible, qualified women. But if you wanna heal this nation right now, my party yes, but our nation, this is a helluva way to do it.”
BREAKING: Sen. Klobuchar announces she is withdrawing from consideration to be Joe Biden's vice presidential choice: "I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket." pic.twitter.com/xk4zZIP7Yd
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 19, 2020
Klobuchar’s call for Biden to choose a minority to be a vice president echoes a call from Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn, who previously endorsed Biden.
Per the Independent Journal Review:
Biden officially took ahold of the Democratic presidential nomination in early July.
The former vice president has vowed to choose a woman as his running mate.
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) has also pushed for Biden to choose a woman of color. He previously said, “I’m among those who feel that it would be great for him to select a woman of color. But that is not a must.”
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Additionally, others have weighed in on the topic, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who said, “To have our first female vice president, and to have that be a woman of color is a significant milestone.”
According to the report, former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and Senator Kamala Harris are in consideration for the position.
Biden responded to Klobuchar, praising her in a tweet.
“Amy — from the moment you announced you were running for president in a snowstorm, it wasn’t hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to. You know how to get things done. With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump,” he tweeted.
Amy — from the moment you announced you were running for president in a snowstorm, it wasn't hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to. You know how to get things done. With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump. https://t.co/4kquPZtSV9
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 19, 2020
NBC News adds:
The move by Klobuchar comes on the heels of weeks of unrest in her home state of Minnesota after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, whose death spurred weeks of protests across the U.S. and prompted action on police reform in some major cities.
In the immediate aftermath of Floyd’s killing, Klobuchar’s time as chief prosecutor for Hennepin County came back under scrutiny, specifically the lack of prosecutions she pursued in cases of police brutality. That coupled with existing calls for Biden to choose a woman of color as his running mate diminished Klobuchar’s prospects for the vice presidential slot.
Asked if those questions about her past record on police brutality would have made it harder for her in the role of vice presidential nominee, Klobuchar said Thursday: “I think I could’ve functioned fine and there’s a lot of untruths out there about my record and now is not the time to debate those.”