In Veepstakes 2020, we just want to know one thing: Who will be Joe Biden’s running mate?
We do know a few things about this already, chief among them that it will be a female.1 Note: this was updated in mid-June 2020, when we knew a lot more than when this was written. Joe Biden said as much during a Democratic primary debate at the time it appeared his campaign was in runaway train status. We also know that there is an unofficial shortlist floating around out there in the ether.2
This website wants to hear from you on who will win the veepstakes to become the Democratic running mate, but first, a little on the prospective contenders.
Veepstakes 2020: Possible Considerations
Val Demings. Demings is a 63 year-old congresswoman from Florida’s 10th District. She was elected to Congress in 2016 after having served as Orlando’s police chief. Demings is one of several women of color up for consideration.
Kamala Harris. She is the junior United States Senator from California and a former presidential candidate who dropped out in 2019. Prior to her election to the Senate, she was California’s attorney general.
Susan Rice. Rice was Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor during his second term in office. She was also America’s United Nations ambassador.
Elizabeth Warren. A favorite of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, Warren is the senior senator for Massachusetts, elected in 2012. Before getting into politics, her background was in academia. Warren dropped out of the race following Super Tuesday.
Veepstakes 2020: Other Names Mentioned
Stacey Abrams. Abrams is known for her candidacy in the 2018 Georgia governor’s race and the controversy which surrounded voter registration thereafter.3 She became known in Democratic circles after giving the 2019 Democratic response to Donald Trump’s State of the Union. Prior to running for governor, she was the Minority Leader of the Georgia State House.
Tammy Baldwin. Wisconsin’s junior senator joined the Senate in 2013 after serving the Wisconsin 2nd District in the US House. If selected, she would be the first openly LGBT person on a major-party ticket.
Tammy Duckworth. Duckworth is the junior senator from Illinois, first elected in 2016. She is a veteran and a former congresswoman from the 8th District.
Maggie Hassan. Hassan is New Hampshire’s junior senator and, like her colleague Jeanne Shaheen, a former governor. However, while Shaheen declined to be vetted, Hassan did not.4
Michelle Lujan Grisham. Lujan Grisham is the current governor of New Mexico, elected to the spot in 2018. Before that, she was the congresswoman for New Mexico’s 1st District.
Gretchen Whitmer. Making the news a lot lately, Whitmer is the incumbent governor of Michigan who took office in 2019. She previously served as a county attorney and state senator.
Withdrawn from Contention
Catherine Cortez Masto. Cortez Masto is Nevada’s senior senator and a former Nevada attorney general. She first won election to the Senate in 2016.
Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar is Minnesota’s senior senator, first elected in 2006 after having been county attorney in Minneapolis. Notably, she also ran for president in 2020 and made waves in New Hampshire before her campaign hit a dead end in South Carolina.
Time to Vote: 2020 Running Mate Veepstakes
We have two polls for our readers. The first one is who you think Joe Biden will select to be his running mate in 2020. As for the second poll, it’s a list of various names and you tell us if you would be happy seeing that person as Biden’s running mate. The first poll is a one-choice prediction, and the second is a popularity contest, and you can select as many or as few of the names as you want.
Who Will Be the Running Mate?
Who Would Make You Happy As Running Mate?
You may select up to all 11
1: Brian Schwartz, “Joe Biden pledges to pick a woman to be his running mate,” CNBC.com, March 15, 2020, CNBC Link)
2: Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica, “Joe Biden’s running mate list is shorter than you might think — for now, at least,” CNN.com, May 13, 2020, CNN Link)
3: Letitia Stein, “U.S. voting rights trampled in Georgia governor’s race: lawsuit,” Reuters, November 27, 2018, Reuters Link)
4: John DiStaso, “Both NH senators invited to initial interviews for Biden VP slot; Hassan agrees, Shaheen declines,” WMUR, May 21, 2020, WMUR Link