Klobuchar withdraws from consideration to be Biden's VP pick, says he should choose a woman of color

Klobuchar, who has become one of Biden's most enthusiastic campaign surrogates, was seen as an early frontrunner for the job

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)
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June 19, 2020 - 8:02am

Once again, Amy Klobuchar is out. This time, as a contender for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's running mate in the upcoming presidential election.

Klobuchar, who ran for the Democratic nomination herself, said during an MSNBC interview on Thursday evening that she had withdrawn from consideration to join the Biden ticket, instead advising Biden to select a woman of color as his vice president.

"After what I've seen in my state and what I've seen across the country, this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment. I truly believe, as I told the vice president last night, that I believe that this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket," Klobuchar said.

In March, during a debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Biden committed to selecting a woman as his running mate. Recent national conversations surrounding racial equality in America have increased the pressure for that woman to be a person of color, something which Klobuchar recognized in her decision to remove herself from the running.

Klobuchar developed a reputation as a moderate in the field of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders for the presidency, and was initially a favorite among Biden's supporters and donors for the VP pick.

Klobuchar's history as a Minneapolis prosecutor followed renewed scrutiny after the May 25 death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police resulted.

The Biden campaign is reportedly still vetting eight or nine women including Sens. Kamala Harris, of California, and Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts – who also ran for the 2020 Democratic nomination. 

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