Biden has already made history by committing to choosing a female wife to run. Fortunately for him, there are a number of talented and experienced women who are legitimate candidates for the video. We believe California Senator Kamala Harris, Ambassador Val Demings and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice should have been at the top of Biden’s list.
Other factors influencing the process of electing a vice president include: counterbalance, geography, and qualifications. Harris, Demings and Rice are able to meet all of these criteria.
The counterweight most often acted as a means of balancing ideology on the map – linking the moderate to the more conservative or liberal candidate and vice versa. More recently, candidates have other factors in mind such as age, race, gender, and religion. The election of Biden by former President Barack Obama was one of the means to balance age, race and experience.
The nominee’s qualifications are critical as they are one heart away from becoming president. Voters must have confidence that a fellow runner is ready for a task if the opportunity arises. Biden’s advanced age and lack of commitment to a potential second term make his choice truly hereditary.
Harris, Demings and Rice are eligible for the presidency and could take office on the first day if needed – and that is perhaps the most important reason why they should be seriously considered. All have experience at the federal level and each confirms important frameworks relating to the fight against the Trump-Pence card.
Although Rice has never held election office, she possesses a wealth of high-level political expertise after being employed in the Bill Clinton and Obama administrations. Her experience as a national security adviser and as an ambassador to the United Nations throughout Obama’s presidency provides Rice with qualifications at the highest levels of both domestic and international affairs.
Choosing Harris, Demings or Rice would make a convincing statement in this turbulent time and serve as a balance for Biden. Merging a woman of color with a 77-year-old white man will not only create history, but could also encourage turnout among African Americans similar to those we saw in 2008 and 2012 – which Democrats should probably happen to secure victory in 2020.