I’ve mostly steered clear of all the VP speculation, since everyone on the shortlist seems competent and it’s not like I get an actual vote on the matter anyway. I would feel differently if someone like Sarah Palin were being considered. Yeah, Duckworth and Harris are both competent leaders. It’s a bar that must be cleared to be worth considering for the VP slot, but since both women clear the bar it falls out of the discussion. If we were really going straight electability, we’d be talking Michelle or Oprah or somebody like that. Veterans for Biden Harris 2020 USA Flag Vintage T-Shirt She’d be my first choice among the realistic options, (1) from a governing perspective and (2) she’s the one I’d most like to give the VP springboard to 2024. I like that she has a lot of government experience and she’s never run for office.
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With the behind-the-scenes rumors that the Biden camp wants someone who can hit the ground running on getting things back on track and is sorta wary about a VP who’d treat the term as a four-year campaign (that’s the concern people apparently have with Harris), I think Rice has a better shot than most assume. Veterans for Biden Harris 2020 USA Flag Vintage T-Shirt Nobody can match her foreign policy bonafides, and Biden places a lot of weight onto that aspect of executive power. Having someone who can walk into meetings with international leaders and hold their own right away seems like it’d be huge for him.How much less electable is Rice? It’s not like Harris has this passionate following that would help propel Biden forward. Let’s not forget that she flamed out in the primary pretty hard. The only concern I have with Rice is Benghazi storylines.
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I don’t think Benghazi will be a problem, but her past involvement in the Clinton administration’s response to the Rwandan genocide could be an issue. She also has a very blunt communication style, and this will either work very well or very badly. On the one hand, she’ll likely please Veterans for Biden Harris 2020 USA Flag Vintage T-Shirt passionate Democratic voters with what will no doubt end up being a sustained and relentless assault on her Republican adversaries, and will balance Biden’s folksier presentation with a somewhat colder and more ruthless demeanor. On the other hand, it might backfire if she fails to rein it in at key points, and her lack of campaign experience makes gaffes more likely.