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Black Women Solicit Support for Joe Biden, Requests he Get a Black Running Mate

Udeh Emmanuel, Lagos

The influential Black women of the United States have join heads together to persuade the Democratic nominee Joe Bidin that choosing a black women has is his running mate would give him the best advantage to win the White House in November

This women consisting of different prominent political figure and also friends of the former Vice- president ,have made their intention known to the public

“I don’t think you’ve seen this level of outpouring of sentiment and support,” said Karen Finney, who was the strategic communications adviser and senior spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and is a CNN political commentator.

They believe the black women especially have been deprived of their political right and it is time to speak out in other to stand out in the country

Their quest for power is basically centred on two issues: To pick a credible candidate with some political experience who is capable of handling issues that threaten to tear the country apart and also the issue of racism and police brutality, as well as to lift up the voices of blacks and the Democratic voters

Part of that push includes the influential quartet of seasoned black women political operatives and the authors of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,” Donna Brazile, Minyon Moore, Leah Daughtry and Yolanda Caraway.

“When they start speaking, everybody shuts the hell up,” said a source close to the campaign.

The public pressure only increased this week when Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar took herself out of the running for the job Thursday and called on Biden to choose a woman of color.

“This is a historic moment, and America must seize on this moment. And I truly believe as, I actually told the vice president last night when I called him, that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket,” Klobuchar told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.

Biden committed to choosing a woman as his vice-presidential pick back in March and has since created a selection committee to vet candidates. His committee, he says, is looking at more than a dozen possible picks that includes numerous women of color.

Women like California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Georgia gubernatorial Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Florida Rep. Val Demingsare considered to be on his short list with some reportedly undergoing official vetting.

Multiple groups of black women have signed on to letters and op-eds arguing that Biden should pick a black woman vice president.

One of those letters that now has over 500 signatures was put together by Melanie Campbell, chair of Sisters Lead Sisters Vote, and resulted in a call with Biden and top campaign staffers that Campbell described as “respectful.” The New York Times was the first to report the call.

“We’re unapologetic and respectfully saying it’s time,” Campbell said in an interview. “Our turn of phrase is ‘follow black women if you want to win.’ ”

Finney, also a participant of the call, said Biden was “very open to having that conversation.”

Moore, the first black woman political affairs director under former President Bill Clinton, wouldn’t confirm details of the call, but she described generally how the argument is being made.

“We laid out our premise privately on why we believe that having a black woman on the ticket is very viable,” adding that they asked the campaign to look at the polling and whether the black women check various qualifying boxes.

“Can they excite a community that has had unprecedented destruction around them? Can they be a good partner to Vice President Biden, can they be ‘simpatico,’ can they be loyal?” she asked out loud, using a phrase Biden himself has used to describe a perfect running mate. “Check, check, check, check, check.”

Some of Biden’s closest political advisers outside of the campaign have spoken with him privately about the issue but have saved the pressure campaign for grassroots activists.

“We believe it is important that activists take the lead,” said one Biden friend.

Biden’s closest political confidants inside and outside of the campaign are also keenly aware that this choice is one of the most personal decisions that he will make — and one that ultimately is his alone.

A senior Biden adviser said that the desires of activist haven’t fallen on deaf ears, but the process of vetting candidates, political considerations and personal considerations takes precedent.

“The public pressure campaign has done more to influence the press than the campaign,” this adviser said, putting it bluntly.

That sentiment is echoed by those who know Biden well and say that the former vice president’s experience of building a developing a close relationship with former President Obama has made both finding a running mate with the relevant experience and having a personal rapport with that person among the two most important considerations.

“In this moment it may feel like a black woman is the right move, but I believe we have to take the long view,” said one person who is close to Biden.

Biden himself has not committed to picking a black woman, telling CNN’s Dana Bash last month: “There are women of color under consideration and there are women from every part of the country under consideration because there are a lot of really qualified women that are ready to be president. But I’m not making that commitment, I’m going to make that judgment after in fact this group goes through interviewing all these people.

The potential picks themselves have walked a tight-line on outwardly advocating for a black woman to be chosen as Biden’s running mate. Both Abrams and Harris have said it would be “important” to have a woman of color on the ticket, but in subsequent interviews have largely said they trust Biden to choose the best running mate for himself. Demings, who said she would accept the nomination if asked, said in an interview with MSNBC in April, “I just hope and pray that Vice President Biden will select an African American woman to serve beside him.”

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