Sen. Amy Klobuchar told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Thursday that she had a phone conversation with Biden on Wednesday regarding her decision to withdraw as a candidate to be the presumptive Democratic nominee’s running mate.
Making Way for a Woman of Color
The reason? Klobuchar believes that during this “historic moment” for America, the right thing to do in order to “heal this nation” is to “put a woman of color on that ticket.” Biden vowed earlier on in the year to pick a woman as his running mate.
Biden’s current plan is to announce his pick for a running mate by August 1. The former VP responded to Klobuchar’s announcement quickly on Twitter, praising the senator for “knowing how to get things done.”
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
Klobuchar also recently came under new scrutiny after the death of George Floyd in police custody last month. The senator was previously a Minnesota prosecutor, with a record of not bringing charges against officers allegedly involved in police brutality cases against black men, The New York Times reported.
Klobuchar endorsed Biden after dropping out of the Democratic primary shortly before Super Tuesday. The former VP’s current list of running mates under consideration include Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, Florida Rep. Val Demings, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and former national security adviser Susan Rice.