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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.”

READ: Joe Biden Released A New Platform Regarding Puerto Rico And Hopes To See The Island Get The Respect It Deserves

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Kamala Harris Has Moved Into One Observatory Circle – Her New Home As Vice President

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Kamala Harris Has Moved Into One Observatory Circle – Her New Home As Vice President

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Vice President Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff have officailly moved into their new home in Washington, D.C. – One Observatory Circle. Many people don’t realize that the VP doesn’t just live in a section of the White House alongside the sitting president.

As the family settles into their new home, many are wondering what the veep’s residence is really like and where it’s at. Well, thankfully we’re getting a special look inside the home thanks to social media.

The Vice President has her own official home not far from the White House.

Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff have moved into Number One Observatory Circle in Washington, D.C., making them the eighth vice-presidential family in American history to do so.

The official residence of the veep — often referred to as the Superintendent’s House, the Admiral’s House, or simply VPR (vice president’s residence) — the property has been home to every vice president since Walter Mondale (who served under Jimmy Carter) in 1977.

The house is known as Number One Observatory Circle and is located on a naval compound.

Built in 1893, the home is located on 12 of the 72 acres of land that comprise the U.S. Naval Observatory, a government agency where scientists work on providing astronomy-related insights for the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense. It’s located approximately two-and-a-half miles north of the White House, the President’s official residence. 

Before it housed American vice presidents, Number One Observatory Circle first served as a home for U.S. Naval Observatory superintendents. 

Today, the home measures approximately 9,150 square feet of living space. The second floor is where the main suite, office and den are located, while the other bedrooms — typically used for guests and family members — can be found on the third floor.

Unlike the White House, the veep’s residence has its own pool.

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In 2010, now-President Biden told reporters that Quayle was his “favorite vice president” because he put in the pool, noting, “my granddaughters love it.” The Bidens welcomed many guests and even made it a tradition to host Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny on St. Patrick’s Day for all eight years they were in the home.

Pence and his wife, Karen, used it to hold yearly pool parties for military families. 

Before 1974, the Vice President was often put up in hotels.

Prior to 1974, vice presidents lived in their own homes, and those who did not own properties in or around Washington were put up in hotels, according to the New York Times

“The cost of securing these private residences grew substantially over the years,” according to the White House. This cost — plus the challenges the Secret Service faced by having to learn how to properly secure all the different locations — led Congress to come up with a more permanent solution.

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Latino Twitter Gifted The World With These Seriously Good Inauguration Memes

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Latino Twitter Gifted The World With These Seriously Good Inauguration Memes

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It’s official: the United States has a new president! Yesterday was Inauguration Day in the U.S. and we welcomed Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris as the 49th Vice President.

It was an historic day full of major milestones for the country and the world – and that was made obvious by the sheer amount of attention paid to the day’s events. One has to look no further than the amount of memes that were produced in the wake of the inauguration, from Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga to Bernie Sanders and the adiós to Donald and Melania Trump.

As usual, Latino Twitter showed up with the memes and left many of us on the floor laughing our a** off. These are some of the honorable mentions from a day full of historical moments and incredible memes.

Tío Bernie may have stolen the spotlight from President Biden with his very practical inauguration attire.

The long-serving Vermont senator was there to watch proceedings, bracing the D.C. cold to witness Biden being sworn in as president. To withstand the cold climes, Sanders came prepared in a big old reliable coat and mittens – with his inaugural look and general demeanour waiting for the event to begin capturing the creativity of the internet through a series of ‘Cold Bernie’ memes.

Bernie was everywhere!

The former presidential candidate was popping up in all sorts of places as the Internet memed him into a frenzy.

And he was all of us…

The former aspiring presidential candidate later addressed the attention his outfit was getting in an interview with Gayle King, noting: ‘You know in Vermont we know something about the cold and are not so concerned about good fashion, we want to keep warm and that’s what I did today.’

The Internet has even created a website where you can insert Tío Bernie into any scene you want with Google Maps.

And yes, it actually works!

Michelle Obama told us all how she felt without telling us all how she felt.

When Michelle and Barack Obama departed the White House in 2017 to make way for Donald and Melania Trump to take over the reigns, Michelle did not hide how difficult and upsetting she found the moment. So a lot of people were thrilled to see the Michelle we know and love, happy, thrilled and generally paving the way at the 2021 inauguration ceremony.

Lady Gaga giving the world Hunger Games vibes…

Lady Gaga had the honour of performing the American national anthem, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and, of course, she ‘killed’ it. The dramatic and rousing performance was made even better by her custom-made Schiaparelli gown, adorned in the US colours and complete with patriotic hidden meanings. However some thought they’d seen it – particularly the brooch – before…

Then there were the adiós Trump memes that left Mexican Twitter on fire!

A la verga! Adiós, Señor Trump! 👋

This one is too good!

I. Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

Mexican Facebook was also on fire!

This Twitter user is too right, Mexican Facebook really is undefeated!

And some want to reclaim red hats!

If you could bring back red hats, what would yours say?

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