Sen. Chris Coons is poised to play a critical role in advancing Biden's agenda if Trump is defeated.
If Joe Biden wins in November, much of his agenda will hinge on a potentially surprising power player: Chris Coons.
Facing a pandemic, struggling economy and perhaps myriad other crises, the gridlock that has long gripped the Senate will instantly threaten Biden’s presidency — and Coons is uniquely positioned to step in.
After months hunkered down inside, field staff in the presidential and down-ballot campaigns are starting to hit the streets again.
When the pandemic forced a national quarantine this spring, campaigns were confronted with the daunting prospect of permanently sidelining the most reliable method to reach voters: knocking on their doors.
But recent days have marked a shift in that thinking, as states reopen for business and more Americans venture out in public. President Donald Trump and Republican allies have resumed some level of in-person field operations in every state where they’re campaigning. And GOP-paid door-knockers are now back in nearly every November battleground, national and state party officials told POLITICO.
The withdrawal reflected her trademark pragmatism and Democrats' belief that the ticket needs a racial balance.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar late Thursday said she personally called presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to advise he pick a woman of color as his running mate, effectively announcing the end of her vice presidential aspirations.
"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," the Minnesota Democrat told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell. "And there is so many incredibly qualified women."
Criminal justice reformers say she's neutralized a major liability — her past as a prosecutor — and it comes as Biden prepares to name his VP.
Days before Kamala Harris launched her presidential campaign, a prominent law professor tore apart her recordin a New York Times op-ed arguing that the California senator was not, as she defined herself, a “progressive prosecutor.”
The scathing critique by Lara Bazelon was followed by months of criticism of Harris’ career as a district attorney and state attorney general, thwarting her efforts to win over reform-minded liberals.
Real-life events — from the grave to the mundane — have recast his choice of potential running mates.
Joe Biden’s choice of a running mate is getting more treacherous with each news cycle.
Real-life events — from the outcry over the recent killing of black men in Minnesota and Georgia and a black woman in Kentucky to a mundane request for boating privileges in Michigan — are crashing into his already fraught decision over his No. 2.
The forces unleashed by George Floyd’s death in police custody are already rattling Minnesota — and presidential — politics.
Minnesota, the longtime Democratic presidential stronghold that Donald Trump nearly won in 2016, has suddenly become ground zero in a campaign that already promised to inflame racial and cultural divides.
The shock waves from the brutal death of George Floyd in police custody on Monday are forcing a reckoning on the issue of police violence against African Americans — a debate whose political implications reach far beyond the swing state’s borders.
Law-and-order credentials suddenly lose their luster in wake of outrage and unrest over police brutality.
Law enforcement credentials once offered an appealing and protective sheen to a handful of the top prospects in contention to be Joe Biden’s potential running mate.
But three of those candidates — Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Val Demings and, most notably, Sen. Amy Klobuchar — now find their records under new scrutiny in a presidential race transformed in the wake of national outrage surrounding Monday‘s death of George Floyd under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer.
The national party must first shepherd its chosen candidate, Theresa Greenfield, through an increasingly tricky Iowa primary.
Senate Democrats have a lot riding on Theresa Greenfield, a political neophyte about to get her first major test in next month's Iowa primary.
The party is placing a surprisingly large bet on the real estate executive to take on first-term GOP Sen. Joni Ernst in a bid to expand their path back to the Senate majority. If Greenfield wins the June 2 primary, she'll face Ernst in a state that’s turned against Democrats since 2012, when Barack Obama carried it for the second time.
The Minnesota senator and former prosecutor has problems with communities of colors that another top white contender, Elizabeth Warren, does not.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar performed abysmally among black voters in the Democratic primary. It’s haunting her now as Joe Biden decides on a running mate.
The Minnesota Democrat has the governing experience and ideological profile to mesh well with Biden, and she’s regularly appeared as a surrogate and a fundraiser for him, raking in more than $1.5 million for a single event she headlined. The pair have a warm relationship, trading phone calls when her husband was hospitalized with Covid-19, and they didn’t tangle publicly during the primary.
She's pitching herself as a governing partner to Biden, despite their past clashes over policy.
In the thick of primary season, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden brawled over "Medicare for All”: He called her approach “angry,” “elitist,” “condescending”; she shot back, anyone who defends the health care status quo with industry talking points is “running in the wrong presidential primary.”
Six months later, with Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee and Warren in the running for VP, she is striking a more harmonious chord.
The former presidential candidate is relaunching her political operation after dropping out of the 2020 race and endorsing Joe Biden.
Amy Klobuchar is kicking off her next act.
Two months after ending her presidential campaign and amid vice presidential speculation, the Minnesota Democrat is launching a new effort to help direct money and campaign help to down-ballot Democrats. The endeavor — called the Win Big Project, a play on one of Klobuchar’s 2020 campaign slogans — started on Friday by endorsing a slate of a dozen House and Senate candidates.
‘The job of being the vice presidential candidate is always hard and now it’s just harder because of this. But they don’t really have a choice,’ said one Democrat.
The job description for Joe Biden’s running mate has suddenly become more complicated: TheDemocratic vice presidential nominee must now defend him against sexual assault accusations without looking hypocritical.
It’s a particularly vexing problem for Biden’s potential picks, many of whom played lead roles in opposing the Senate Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. Democrats vigorously applied a “believe all women” standard as they rallied to support his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, leaving a trail of unambiguous statements at sharp odds with the role they’ll need to play for Biden in a general election.
Within the campaign, the debate hinges on whether Biden “has the black vote locked up” or “whether the bigger need we have is to put someone left-leaning” on the ticket.
Joe Biden’s advisers and allies have become torn over whether it is more important to choose an African American or a progressive running mate.
While the two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive, there is an ongoing debate about whether Biden “has the black vote locked up” or “whether the bigger need we have is to put someone left-leaning” on the ticket, a strategist familiar with discussions said.
The Georgia Democrat is actively seeking the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket.
Stacey Abrams said Sunday she would be willing to accept an offer to be former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate .
Abrams, a former party leader in the Georgia Legislature and 2018 candidate for governor, was not shy about making her case for a spot on the ticket in a pair of interviews — and also said Biden choosing a woman of color would "help promote not only diversity, but trust."
Biden understands the critical role he is poised to play in shaping the party’s identity for years to come.
Joe Biden’s campaign hasn’t yet started the process of formally vetting or interviewing potential running mates. There’s been no private polling yet, and no focus-grouping of potential candidates.
But the hunt for a vice presidential pick is already taking shape along familiar fault lines, mirroring the ongoing debate over whether the Democratic Party should focus more on winning back the white working class Rust Belt voters it lost to Donald Trump in 2016 or reenergizing the minority-powered coalition that elected Barack Obama to two terms.
Two-thirds of registered voters and 4 out of 5 Democrats say it's important for Joe Biden to pick a running mate with governing experience.
Voters overwhelmingly want to see Joe Biden choose a vice presidential nominee with governing experience, and they’re far less investedin whether he chooses a woman or a person of color as his running mate, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday.
The survey — conducted just after Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, making Biden the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee — found that about two-thirds of voters said it was important Biden choose a running mate with legislative and executive experience. While Biden has vowed to select a woman to join him on the ticket, only 29 percent of voters said it was important for Biden to choose a woman, while 22 percent said it was important that he choose a person of color.
Kamala Harris has high net favorability ratings among African American voters.
Black voters in battleground states would be more enthusiastic about voting for Joe Biden in November if he were to choose an African American woman as a running mate, a new poll shows.
Biden is already highly popular with black voters, according to the poll of 800 black voters conducted for BlackPAC, a progressive-leaning advocacy group. But 55 percent of African American voters said they would be more excited to turn out or vote for Biden if he were to pick a black woman to join his ticket, the poll showed. However, 27 percent said the pick made no difference because they would stick with Biden.
A vote-by-mail push by Democrats sets up new clash over coronavirus relief.
Consensus is growing that Democrats and Republicans will soon hash out a new coronavirus emergency package in the coming weeks. But a major obstacle is emerging: the November election.
Democrats are making a push to expand funding for vote-by-mail efforts in a fourth emergency rescue package, citing the need to help states prepareto hold elections during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a public health issue, Democrats argue: That elections carried out as usual could spread the virus this fall.
The Democratic frontrunner has consulted with Obama on his VP pick.
Joe Biden has a shortlist of more than six women to be his running mate and will start the vetting process “in a matter of weeks,” he said Sunday during a call with donors.
Biden, who indicated he had consulted with his former boss, President Barack Obama, didn’t mention any names. But he said nothing to dispel the speculation that he’sconsidering the three senators whoran against him for president — Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren.