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Joe Biden Made A Startling Announcement About His Potential Pick For VP But Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be Too Worried

Now that we’re officially into 2020, the Presidential campaign is in full speed. As each Democratic candidate continues to drop out (RIP Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro), the top dogs are bringing in the big bucks. And the more money they raise, the more they can put into advertising and campaign strategy. But for those candidates who seem to be falling through the cracks, they sometimes have no other choice but to make some drastic calls in order to get more momentum for their campaign. Case in point: 

Joe Biden said he is considering picking a Republican as his Vice President running mate. 

The former Vice President said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire last week that he is considering choosing a Republican to run alongside him in order to get that GOP vote. 

“Our 21-year-old son said the other night, ‘I wonder if Joe Biden would consider choosing a Republican as a running mate,” a woman stated during the campaign stop, according to CNN

Biden responded to the woman by saying, “The answer is I would, but I can’t think of one now. Let me explain that. You know there’s some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here’s the problem right now … they’ve got to step up.”

While Biden was leading as a top contender in the presidential campaign, his status has fallen a bit. Sen. Bernie Sanders seems to be on the top now thanks to his hike in fundraising. So, perhaps choosing a Republican could give Biden an advantage. 

Some political strategists say that Sen. Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (another strong contender) are far too much as a left-leaning liberal with socialist values, which could put them at a disadvantage when running against President Donald Trump. 

However, Biden is a strong favorite among moderate Democrats and even Republicans. So, choosing a Republican running mate could sway voters into the Biden camp. While some were outraged that Biden even said the dreaded word (Republican), other political talking heads said there’s no way Biden would ever choose a Republican, but talking about the idea is indeed a positive way into uniting voters. 

New York Times columnist David Leonhardt said that Biden’s words about choosing a GOP VP is a good way to show compromise, even though he would never actually pick a Republican. He also noted that “About 70 percent of Americans identify themselves as either politically conservative or moderate, polls show. A large number of Americans also consistently say that they want politicians to work together in a bipartisan way.”

Biden has previously said that he would be interested in choosing a person of color or a woman as a running mate. 

“Whoever I would pick for vice president, and there’s a lot of qualified women, there’s a lot of qualified African-Americans,” he previously said last year, according to CNN. There really truly are. There’s a plethora of really qualified people. Whomever I would pick were I fortunate enough to be your nominee, I’d pick somebody who was simpatico with me, who knew what I, what my priorities were, and knew what I wanted to. We could disagree on tactic, but strategically we’d have to be in the exact same page.”

This again shows that Biden is stirring up an interesting dialogue of how he can stretch his net into other groups. If he were to say, choose a white male Democrat as a running mate, it would signal that he isn’t open to seeing a perspective outside of his own reality. That’s probably why President Barack Obama chose him as a running mate, to pull in moderate white voters. That’s what Biden is doing so now, trying to attract conservative voters that previously voted for Trump but would like to jump ship. 

Either way, there’s no point in being outraged by what Biden says at this point. 

Candidates are pulling out all the stops in order to get more people in their corner. Their main strategy is how to get Trump out of office, and they’re looking at all means necessary, even if that includes a person of another party. 

But again, it’s too soon to tell what candidates will eventually do. Ezra Klein, founder and editor-at-large of Vox, explained it like this on Twitter: “He’s not going to choose a Republican VP. He thinks it’s good politics to signal that he’ll work with Republicans if they’ll meet him halfway. He’s probably right,” He added, “When Biden says stuff like this, it’s a low-cost way of trying to appeal to 1) the small group of GOP-leaning voters who are persuadable and 2) the much larger group of voters who hate how bitter and angry politics has become. Maybe it works, maybe not, but that’s the play.”

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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Removes Name From Biden’s VP List

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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Removes Name From Biden’s VP List

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There is a lot of buzz about who Vice President Joe Biden will pick to be his running mate. One thing everyone agrees on is that the running mate should be a woman of color. Senator Amy Klobuchar was reportedly asked to going through the vetting process. Meanwhile, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto came forward to say she has no interest in being a running mate.

Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is officially withdrawing her name from Jo Biden’s list of potential running mates.

Sen. Cortez Masto is the first Latina ever elected to the Senate and her career has been a highlight for the state. However, the serious impact of COVID-19 on Nevada, one of the hardest-hit economies in the U.S., convinced her not to try to earn the position of running mate for Biden.

Sen. Cortez Masto has been engaged in the ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19 in the Silver State.

“I support Joe Biden 100% and will work tirelessly to help get him elected this November,” reads a statement from her campaign. “Nevada’s economy is one of the hardest hit by the current crisis and I will continue to focus on getting Nevadans the support they need to get on back on their feet.”

Nevada’s unemployment rate sits are 28 percent, which is the highest in the country right now. The number is also the highest unemployment number recorded by a state since 1976. Latinos make up 30 percent of the state’s population meaning that Latinos in the state are feeling the crunch.

Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee, praised Sen. Cortez Masto for her work with Nevada.

“I’ve admired Senator Cortez-Masto as long as I have known her because she’s a leader with integrity,” Biden said in a statement. “Nevadans are fortunate to have her fighting for them in Washington and I look forward to seeing her continue to lead in the Senate.”

There is still time for Biden to pick his running mate and women seem to be at the top of the list.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar came under fire recently after it was discovered that she refused to bring charges against fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. In 2006, Chauvin was involved in the deadly shooting of a Black man and Sen. Klobuchar, who was the Hennepin County attorney at the time, declined to bring up charges in the death.

Sen. Klobuchar sent the case to a grand jury and the grand jury found no reason to prosecute. It is a decision that Sen. Klobuchar claims to realize was a lapse of judgment.

“I think that was wrong now,” Klobuchar said in an interview on MSNBC. “I think it would have been much better if I took the responsibility and looked at the cases and made the decision myself.”

READ: We Didn’t Elect The First Woman President, But We Elected The First Latina Senator

During A Livestream Event, It Definitely Sounds (And Looks) Like Joe Biden Let Out A Giant Fart

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During A Livestream Event, It Definitely Sounds (And Looks) Like Joe Biden Let Out A Giant Fart

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Even with the global Coronavirus pandemic affecting pretty much everyone in so many different ways – we’re still in the middle of an election year. And that means that politics must go on. This is especially true when we’re being governed by an administration with no national plan to combat the virus – not to mention a long history of policies directly harming communities of color.

Before the pandemic hit, Trump was traveling around the U.S. hosting huge rallies and the Democratic primary season was in full swing. Now that the presumptive Democratic nominee is VP Joe Biden, he too has been trying to campaign. But with the pandemic shutting down large gatherings, the campaigns have had to go digital.

During an online campaign event, Vice President Joe Biden seems to have launched #FartGate.

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Political campaigns can be a lot of hard work, placing a lot of strain on the body and mind, leaving almost no time for respite or self-care. And with the U.S. election on the horizon, Joe Biden has been out in full force, even with the small case of a pandemic going on.

The Vice President was on a live vide chat with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf discussing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the state when the now infamous moment took place. In the video, you can very clearly hear ‘the noise’ – a noice many are convinced was a fart.

Yes, you read that correctly – a fart and possibly a very wet one. Those watching noticed this and were more than happy to splash it all over social media. In fact, the sound was so clear that Governor Wolf ended up blinking and shaking his head upon realizing what had just happened. The clip of the awkward episode was even shared on Biden’s official YouTube channel.

To add to people’s suspicions, Biden also appears to lean back into his chair during #fartgate.

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He appeared to lean back in his chair at the same time as the noise, while Wolf appeared to blink and shake his head shortly after.

Although there is more than likely a reasonable explanation behind this, Wolf’s expression does noticeably change when he hears the noise. Either he dealt it or was completely shocked that Biden would be so brazen as to let one rip during a campaign video.

Right-wing figures on Twitter soon clipped the moment, and it was shared by the conservative outlet the Daily Caller, as well as Donald Trump Jr.

The president’s son likened it to the interview Rep. Eric Swalwell did on MSNBC in November with Chris Matthews in which a loud fart was heard. Though to be totally transparent, Rep. Swalwell vehemently denied that he had farted or that he had even heard a fart-like noise at all.

Surprisingly, this isn’t even the first incident like this just this month. At the beginning of May, during Supreme Court arguments, it sounded like a toilet was flushed in the background.

Apparently, moments usually reserved for private are just something we have to adjust to as we continue to be under stay-at-home orders and working from home – or in the case of Joe Biden: campaigning from home.