On Thursday morning, media reports claimed former Vice President Joe Biden, who is expected to announce his 2020 presidential bid any day now, will do so as in a “packaged” deal, with his number two likely being failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
“Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president,” reported Axios.
The New York Times published a similar report concerning a Biden/Abrams ticket, though the outlet noted that other young Democrats’ names are still being shopped around for the full-ticket announcement, such as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and failed Senate candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke. . .
An Abrams-pick for VP would clearly be a way for Biden to add to his ticket some much sought after racial and gender diversity, which is weighty currency to Democrat officials. For example, 2020 hopeful O’Rourke already made it clear that it is his “preference” to have a female VP ticket if he were to get the Democrat nomination.
Racial activist Al Sharpton, for example, told Axios that the “Abrams move could help Biden by mitigating objections to his treatment of Anita Hill during Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation.” And the Times notes, “With a younger but still accomplished vice-presidential nominee at his side, Mr. Biden could hope to demonstrate his commitment to diversity and to restoring stability to Washington.” (Read more from “Biden Looks to Announce 2020 Run, Reveal vp Pick” HERE)