Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign on Wednesday, which means former Vice President Joe Biden has unceremoniously become the presumptive Democratic nominee. As the progressive wing of the party mourns, political prognosticators are picking their vice presidential ponies, and some insiders are saying that California Senator Kamala Harris has a good shot at becoming Biden’s running mate.
Harris, who ended her presidential bid in December, is said by Fox News sources to top Team Biden’s list of nine potential Veeps, neck and neck with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. And while Fox might not be anyone’s go-to for inside information about the Democratic Party, the Washington Post placed Harris in first place on its ranking of Biden’s potential picks, with Klobuchar coming in second.
Calling Harris “perhaps the most logical choice,” the Post points out that Biden has already pledged to pick a woman to run with him and that Harris is “the only black woman serving as either a governor or senator right now.” Plus, her former job as California’s top prosecutor would make her a natural for slinging dirt at Trump in a presidential race that’s likely to be the ugliest in memory.
Though Harris attacked Biden for his former position on bussing at a debate last June, she and Biden both say there are no hard feelings. In fact, the two couldn’t sing each other’s praises loudly enough when Harris made an appearance at a virtual fundraiser for Biden on Wednesday.
Harris told the audience at the live-streamed YouTube event that Biden was the best choice for president at a time when people “need to have hope…need to have faith.” Biden then applauded Harris for running a “helluva race,” adding “we go back a long way.” Harris was friends with Biden’s late son, Beau, when she was attorney general of California and Beau Biden held the job in Delaware, the Associated Press reports.
Harris is hosting her own virtual fundraiser Thursday and has set up a joint fundraising operation with the Democratic National Committee. The partnership allows contributors to give a maximum of $357,800, with $2,800 going to pay off Harris’s campaign debts and the rest going to the national party.
Another thing Harris has going for her is that she’s only 55 while Biden, 77, would be the oldest president ever elected.
At Wednesday’s fundraiser, Biden told Harris, “I’m so lucky to have you be a part of this partnership going forward. Working together, we can make a great deal of progress.” He then added, “I’m coming for you, kid.”