Last year, Joe Biden promised to choose a woman as his running mate, and this has left the question of who it will be.
It is pressure from him to announce the running mate on the democratic ticket with only five months left.
And while he committed to choosing a woman during the final debate just before the outbreak of coronavirus, he has to keep the promise. As a result, it is said that the shortlist is made of women entirely.
Plus, racism and inequality have been the current concern after the death of George Floyd, a black American who died in police custody. This is a pressure on Biden to appoint a black woman, so to address the issue. Also, Democrats are considering the choice of black woman, because the blacks played a vital role in his nomination process.
Although this is the desire of many Democrats and Black Americans, just like any presidential candidate who needs to win, the choice of a running mate is a critical decision.
The 77-year-old Democratic candidate also faces the same problem, and the decision is now under additional pressure amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which killed over 123,841 people in America.
The United States has been shaken economically by measures to curb the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. If he becomes the oldest president in US history, he’ll have to deal with the side effects of this world pandemic in his first term in power. But it will depend on the woman, who he will choose as running and who will then give help in coping with such difficult times.
Here we look at the women who are on the shortlist.
1. Kamala Harris
Harris is a senator from California who is a supporter of Biden. She endorsed him and started campaigning for him after calling off his presidential desire in December.
The 55, years old woman, has been at the center of vice-presidential speculation since endorsing Biden.
2. Elizabeth Warren
The second woman on the shortlist is Elizabeth Warren. The 70-year-old is a specialist in bankruptcy and commercial law and has also vied for her party’s nomination during primaries.
The Massachusetts Senator has a more aggressive political proposal than Biden’s, and if appointed it could help influence some of the more liberal voters in the Democratic Party in his favor.
3. Val Demings
Third on the list is an African American congresswoman, Val Demings from Florida who rose to national prominence after being chosen by Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, to serve as a manager in impeachment proceedings against Trump.
4. Michelle Lujan Grisham
Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is a little known despite coming from a prominent family in New Mexico politics, is on the list of women to be selected as Biden’s running mate.
she is known for supporting abortion, pushing for lower greenhouse gas emissions, and demanding higher minimum wages.
5. Susan Rice
Last on the list is Susan Rice, who for a long time has been a target by republicans but his outspoken critics of the administration play a role in Biden’s victory in the upcoming elections.