The death of George Floyd and the historic wave of anger against racism and police brutality changed the game for Joe Biden, who now seems to have chosen a black running mate as the first vice-president of the United States. ‘impose.
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Senator Kamala Harris, a big favorite, the elected member of the House of Representatives Val Demings, or the mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms: all spoke with vigor, passion and emotion of the excitement that seized the country when seeing this African Americans die, but also from their own experience of black women in the United States.
And on online betting sites betting on the Democratic candidate for the White House’s next running mate, their ratings have gone up.
With thirst for justice, for change, of the demonstrators who mobilized since his death on May 25, the African-American voters “require a black vice-president”, estimates Daniel Gillion, professor of political science at the university of Pennsylvania.
The bookmakers have taken note.
Some of the big favorites just three weeks ago suddenly plunged into the forecasts: senators and former candidates for the White House Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, or the governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer.
All are white candidates.
Barack Obama’s former vice president promised in March that he would choose a woman to face Republican Donald Trump with him on November 3. And had repeatedly stressed that he was considering African-American candidates.
Popular with black voters, to whom he owes much of his victory in the Democratic primary, this veteran of politics knows that their mobilization is key for any democrat dreaming of winning the White House.
On CBS on Tuesday evening, 77-year-old Joe Biden said the past two weeks have “increased the need and urgency” for choosing someone who is “totally in tune” with him.
“I want someone strong and someone who can be ready to be president from day one,” added one who will be the oldest leader in US history if he wins the election.
In this extraordinary presidential campaign, already upset by the coronavirus pandemic and then the death of George Floyd, it is not excluded that another unexpected event will influence his choice, which he intends to reveal around August 1.
But at this point, “Joe Biden has many reasons to choose one of the black candidates,” said Kyle Kondik, a political scientist at the University of Virginia.
Former rival of Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, Kamala Harris, 55, was from the start in the front runner of possible running mats, thanks in particular to his solid experience.
Daughters of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, she was the first black woman and first person to be elected a California attorney, and in 2017 the first woman from South Asia and only the second black woman to sit in the Senate.
However, she had bluntly tackled Joe Biden in a Democratic debate, precisely on the highly sensitive issue of her past positions on racial segregation.
The two Democrats, who have known each other for a long time, have since publicly reconciled.
But at a time of profound questioning of the functioning of the judicial and penal system towards minorities, her past as a prosecutor could harm her.
Elected House Member since 2017, 63-year-old Val Demings already stood out during Donald Trump’s recall trial.
Since the death of George Floyd, statements against “institutional racism” combined with the career of this former policewoman and then chief of police in Orlando, Florida, have increased her prognosis.
If Joe Biden “asks me, I would say yes,” she bluntly told Axios on Monday.
“His background in the police allows him, ideally, to both support law enforcement and to speak out about protesters’ grievances very openly,” said Kyle Kondik.
Keisha Lance Bottoms
It was with a startling improvised speech, calling on the rioters to return home on May 29, that Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms suddenly jumped into the lead despite his lack of national experience.
Aged 50, she was one of the first mayors of a big city to support Joe Biden in the primary.
“If the vice president thought I could help him win in November, and I was in the best position, I would seriously consider it,” she told Axios on Monday.
Unsuccessful candidate for governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, 46, has seen her rating drop in recent days on the specialized site PredictIt, to reach the level of another candidate considered: the former national security adviser to the president Barack Obama, Susan Rice, 55.