November 2020 is only four months away and presumptive Democratic-nominee Joe Biden still has a very big decision to make. At a debate in March, Biden committed to selecting a woman as his running mate. His decision will be announced by the first of August.
For both those who may find Biden unappealing as a candidate but without question want Trump gone, and those who are okay with Biden but aren’t particularly excited about him, the VP choice is incredibly important. For many, Biden choosing a woman as VP isn’t enough; they want a woman of color. Luckily, there are several extraordinarily qualified women who are among his choices.
Senator Kamala Harris was one of Joe Biden’s fiercest opponents in the Democratic primary, often going after him hard in debates. She has great name recognition and is known for being tough and smart. When announcing that he would choose a female VP, Biden also said that he would nominate a black woman for the Supreme Court. As a former DA and Attorney General of California, Harris makes a strong contender for this job, even if she doesn’t get the VP nod. But if Harris is Biden’s VP pick, a potential debate against Mike Pence would be fireworks-galore, must-see TV.
Stacey Abrams has already achieved a few notable firsts, and adding first female and first Black VP to the list isn’t out of question. She was the first African-American female major-party gubernatorial nominee in the United States when she was the Democratic nominee in the Georgia governor’s race in 2018. She was also the first African-American woman to deliver a response to the State of the Union address. Whether or not Abrams becomes the nominee, she without question has already had a big impact on the 2020 elections. After her own unfair fight, Abrams established Fair Fight 2020 and has built voter protection teams in 20 states. Like Kamala Harris, Abrams is another with a shot at getting a nomination to the nation’s highest court, with her background as a lawyer.
Val Demings was the Chief of the Orlando Police Department before being elected to serve Florida’s 10th congressional district in the House in 2016. While her policing background is seen as a major negative for many, including Black Lives Matter activists, Demings has a few strong factors in her favor. She’s from Florida, a state Biden very much needs to win. Demings is also generally strong on policy and does seem prepared to face issues like systemic racism and institutionalized oppression head-on.
Susan Rice was Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017 and served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013. Whoever Joe Biden chooses for a running mate, she will need to be fully equipped and ready to take over. Susan Rice’s background makes her uniquely qualified in a way even Kamala Harris might not be.
Also still in the running is Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. One thing is for sure: Joe Biden may never make a more important decision. In our current climate, choosing a strong, qualified black woman seems like a logical choice. It’s also a decision that might make people a bit more excited to vote, to donate, to canvass, and all the other details that get a President elected.