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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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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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During the 2020 election, Latinos were a massive electoral voting bloc. In fact, for the first time ever, the Latino vote outnumbered the Black vote. According to the Pew Research Center, there are now 32 million eligible Latino voters and that accounts for 13 percent of all eligible voters. 

And, Latinos helped deliver the presidency to Joe Biden. So it can be expected that the community has high expectations for Joe Biden to deliver on his campaign promises of immigration reform.

During a recent speech about his first 100 days in office, Joe Biden outlined his priorities once he’s sworn in on January 20th, and said he would “immediately” send an immigration bill to congress.

Joe Biden promises swift action on immigration reform as soon as he takes office.

Over the weekend, President-Elect Joe Biden promised he would take swift action when it comes to immigration reform and rolling back many of the cruel and dangerous policies put into place by the Trump administration.

“I will introduce an immigration bill immediately,” he said in a news conference on Friday.

Although he didn’t go into detail regarding the proposed legislation, he’s previously committed to ending Trump’s ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim nations, and that he wants a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and an increase in guest worker permits to help bring undocumented agricultural workers – many of whom are now considered “essential workers” – out of the shadows.

Biden had already promised an immigration overhaul within the first 100 days of his presidency but this commitment definitely increases the pressure on him and congress to get things done.

Biden also said his justice department will investigate the policy of child separation.

During the same press conference, Biden said that his Justice Department will determine responsibility for the family separation program, which led to more than 2,600 children being taken from caregivers after crossing the U.S. southern border, and whether it was criminal.

“There will be a thorough, thorough investigation of who is responsible, and whether or not the responsibility is criminal,” Biden said. That determination will be made by his attorney general-designate, Merrick Garland, he added.

During the campaign, Biden finally took responsibility for many of his administration’s immigration failures.

Nicknamed the “Deporter in Chief,” Obama deported more immigrants than any other president in U.S. history with over 3 million deportations during his time in office. 

But as part of that administration, Joe Biden is also complicit. That’s why during the campaign he seemed to acknowledge at least some of the pain the duo caused.

“Joe Biden understands the pain felt by every family across the U.S. that has had a loved one removed from the country, including under the Obama-Biden Administration, and he believes we must do better to uphold our laws humanely and preserve the dignity of immigrant families, refugees, and asylum-seekers,” Biden’s immigration plan reads. 

While Obama’s methods pale in comparison to the cruel tactics like family separation, inhumane conditions, and targeted raids, the impact the deportations have had on families is cannot be quantified.

Biden, like any Vice President, is put in the position of having to defend his president, but also himself as the future president. This isn’t a bad thing, Biden must distinguish himself from his predecessor but if the shadow of Obama’s legacy is buying him goodwill, it might be difficult to undermine that administration’s stances.

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Georgia Delivers Control Of Congress To Democrats Thanks To This Incredible Coalition Of Voters

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Georgia Delivers Control Of Congress To Democrats Thanks To This Incredible Coalition Of Voters

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In what seems like the never ending 2020 election cycle, we can finally say that the votes are in. And the results out of Georgia are truly worth celebrating as a diverse coalition of Georgian voters helped deliver both U.S. senate seats to Democrats.

Thanks to a well organized voting apparatus, a record-breaking number of voters hit the polls and helped elect the state’s first Black senator along with the youngest senator in nearly sixty years.

The results out of Georgia help put the Senate under control of the Democrats, handing President-Elect Joe Biden a major tool in helping to implement a progressive agenda once he is inaugurated on January 20.

Georgia elects two Democrats to the U.S. Senate with history-making votes.

Democrats have swept both seats in Georgia’s critical runoff elections, giving the party control of the Senate and removing a major roadblock for President-elect Joe Biden.

Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated Republican David Perdue in Tuesday’s election, while networks had earlier called Georgia’s other race for Democrat Raphael Warnock over GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

The results are a rebuke of President Donald Trump, whose supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to try to stop Congress from counting the Electoral College results.

The Senate will now be split 50-50, but Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will be able to cast tie-breaking votes, putting Democrats in charge of the legislative agenda, committee chairmanships and Congress’ confirmation and investigative powers.

Black and Latino voters deserve recognition for their hard work in making this possible.

Senator-Elect Warnock is the pastor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s former church in Atlanta. He will be the first Black senator from Georgia and only the 11th Black senator in American history. He won, in part, thanks to astronomical Black turnout.

Many are praising the work of Stacey Abrams and groups like Mijente, who helped register a record-breaking number of new voters. In fact, Mijente helped knock on the doors or call every single Latino resident in the state of Georgia to help get out the vote.

Meanwhile, Stacey Abrams – who had already done so much work in helping turn Georgia blue for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in November – continued her trailblazing mission in the state. Her organization, Fair Fight 2020, helped register more voters than ever before and helped make sure they understood their rights and responsibilities as a voter.

Joe Biden will now have full control of government.

Biden will now enter the White House on Jan. 20 with his party in control of both chambers of Congress, allowing him to confirm his Cabinet and judicial nominees and giving him and a chance to advance his legislative agenda, which would have gone nowhere as long as Sen. Mitch McConnell remained in charge.

Biden and Senate Democratic leaders agree their top priority will be a new round of Covid-19 relief, especially after the president-elect promised Georgia voters this week that $2,000 stimulus checks would “go out the door immediately” if Democrats won the Senate.

Many in the community are hopeful that with control of both the Senate and House, Biden will be able to push through comprehensive immigration reform and undo many of the cruel and inhumane policies put into place by the Trump administration. However, given the legislative filibuster remains in place (requiring a two thirds majority), many question just how much will be accomplished.

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