The ten powerhouse women Biden could pick for VP

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A female Democratic nominee might not be on the ballot for the 2020 presidential election, but one could absolutely be a candidate for vice president.

“They’re now in the process of thoroughly examining a group of women, all of whom are capable in my view of being president. And there’s about a dozen of them,” said Biden in a campaign fundraiser. But voters likely won’t see the VP pick until later in the year.

While no one knows exactly who is being vetted by the Biden campaign as a potential running mate, there are plenty of powerhouse women who could elevate the race. Here are our ten picks, with both wild cards and safe choices.

Elizabeth Warren

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The ever persisting Massachusetts senator is unstoppable when it comes to fighting corruption in the government and in politics. Her calls for “bigger structural change,” especially when it comes to Medicare for All and student debt forgiveness, might appeal to a younger, more progressive generation of Democrats.

Amy Klobuchar

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Biden has referred to the Minnesota senator as “first-rate.” Morning Consult rated Klobuchar as one of the most popular senators in 2017. Her experience in the Senate has made her a well-rounded, dynamic candidate for Vice President. And her moderate policies appeal to a broader range of bipartisan voters.

Kamala Harris

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The California senator and former state attorney general would be a great candidate for a vice president. She was able to keep Biden in line in the Democratic debates over the summer of 2019, and she would be able to do so in the White House. According to Politico, Biden aides see her as the best fit for the job.

Tammy Duckworth

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Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is a veteran who lost both of her legs after her helicopter was shot down during the Iraq War. Dick Durbin, her fellow Illinois Senator, confirmed that she was interviewing the Biden.

In addition to being the first disabled female veteran in either the House or the Senate, Duckworth is also the first member to give birth while holding a Senate seat.

Keisha Lance Bottoms

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Gaining national news coverage due to the shooting in her state of Ahmaud Arbery, Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has become more recognizable name. She was among the first to endorse Biden.

Stacey Abrams

Abrams told NBC’s Meet the Press, “Yes, I would be willing to serve.” She wants to persuade people who don’t normally vote that now would be the time to vote. “But for voters of color, it isn’t about shifting ideology — it’s persuading them that voting actually will have an effect,” she said in an interview.

Gretchen Whitmer

The governor of Michigan has proven to be a strong leader in the face of the pandemic, battling both Trump and angry protesters in the state of Michigan. She said she had “a conversation with some folks” connected to the Biden campaign about being vice president.

Whitmer said to her constituents, “I’m not going to succumb to political pressure or political demonstrations.” That’s just the kind of attitude needed to take on the 2020 election.

Sharice Davids

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One of the first Native American women elected to Congress, as well as the first LGBT Native American elected to Congress, Sharice Davids might bring some much-needed diversity to the platform. She is one of the few Democrats to win an election in Kansas, traditionally a red state. Her presence might encourage voters in the Midwest.

Val Demings

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In an interview, Biden confirmed Val Demings was in the VP running calling her a “very competent, very capable person.” Demings serves as the Representative of Florida’s 10th congressional district. She is a retired law enforcement officer, and she was the first woman to serve as the Chief of the Orlando Police Department.

Michelle Obama

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The former first lady would be a powerful asset to the Biden campaign. She’s already trying to boost voter turnout in the 2020 election, through her non-partisan voting initiative, When We All Vote. And even though it seems unlikely, Biden himself has admitted that she would be “brilliant” as vice president. She also was the most admired woman in America in both 2018 and 2019, according to Gallup polls.

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