WaEx: Joe Biden refused to address calls for him to pick a woman of color to be his vice president, or to rule out Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, in the wake of civil unrest due to the police-involved killing of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis this week.
“Look, what we’re talking about today has nothing to do with my running for president or who I’d pick as a vice president,” the former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said on MSNBC Friday when asked if renewed scrutiny of Klobuchar’s record has disqualified her from being his running mate.
Liberal activists said this week that under the circumstances, the Minnesota senator should be disqualified from being Biden’s running mate. Some criticized her statement on Floyd’s killing because it did not mention his name or that police officers were responsible. Others pointed to her prosecutorial record as Hennepin County attorney when she declined to bring charges in other police-involved killings.