WHY VAL DEMINGS MAY BE THE BEST RUNNING MATE FOR JOE BIDEN RIGHT NOW

The very public pool of women that Biden has said he is considering as his VP pick have included, from the beginning, prominent women of color, like Stacey Abrams and Kamala Harris, along with Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. More recently, the names of Val Demings, the black Congresswoman from Florida; Keisha Lance Bottoms, the black mayor of Atlanta; and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, a Latina who served in Congress and as the state’s health secretary have surfaced as strong contenders. And Clyburn himself, in a television interview in March, said that “I would advise him that we need to have a woman on the ticket, and I prefer an African American woman.”

But picking an African American to be his running mate may no longer just be a political expediency or a canny campaign move by Joe Biden. After the events of the past week, it may just be the right thing to do.

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