by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Biden, at age 77, would be the oldest president ever elected should he triumph in November, making the vice president pick more important than ever.
“I think he’s aware that he might be picking the next president. I think people are going to be more aware of that, too,” Democratic strategist James Carville told The Post.
Biden has promised to choose a woman as his running mate, but beyond that, the field remains wide open with a dizzying array of candidates to choose from. …
… Some have speculated Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be Biden’s best hope to prevent a much-feared Bernie Broxit. Others say a candidate from the Rust Belt or industrial Midwest like Sen. Amy Klobuchar is what’s needed to shore up the swing states lost to Trump in 2016. Other says Michelle Obama would be the magic bullet to make the ticket invincible, though she reportedly hates the idea.
“If they’re smart, they will beg her to do it. And there is a really strong case to be made that she should,” offered another senior Democratic insider.
Levine labels Klobuchar the frontrunner, then lists a second group.
The second tier includes California Sen. Harris, Michigan Gov. Whitmer and Illinois Sen. Duckworth. Harris, the only candidate of color, might help juice critically important black turnout. Whitmer’s coronavirus leadership in Michigan has won praise, turning her into something of a midwestern Andrew Cuomo. Duckworth, who lost both her legs fighting in Iraq, would bring a war hero onto the ticket.
Among Levine’s projected longshots: Catherine Cortez Masto, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Stacey Abrams, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren.
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