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Fox News Legal Analyst Thinks Joe Biden May Choose A 'Surprising' Running Mate

HuffPostMarch 11, 2020, 4:47 AM EDT
 

Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said he thinks former Vice President Joe Biden may choose a “surprising” running mate, should he secure the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2020 election.

“If it were up to me, I would choose a female,” Napolitano said on Tuesday’s broadcast of Fox News Radio’s “Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla.”

“But I think there’s a lot of competing factors and former candidates with different levels of influence and approach to President Obama,” he continued. “And the decision might be a little surprising.”

Napolitano suggested Biden “might even reach across the aisle and do something off the wall like John Kasich, who probably agrees with Biden on everything except he’s got an ‘R’ after his name and it will guarantee Joe Ohio.”

“Trump can’t win without Ohio,” added the former New Jersey Superior Court judge.

Biden on Tuesday took another step toward becoming the candidate to take on President Donald Trump in November after scoring huge primary victories in Mississippi, Missouri and Michigan.

Elsewhere in the interview, Napolitano explained why he believed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2020 campaign is all but over — and defended Biden from Republicans who attempt to attack him by referencing his verbal gaffes.

“He is prone to a slip of the tongue and most of it humorous and all of it is harmless,” said Napolitano, noting how he’d known Biden for 45 years. “And I think the Republicans should be careful what they ask for if they zero in on somebody who is prone to gaffes. The president has his own.”

 

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/andrew-napolitano-fox-news-joe-biden-084729125.html

 

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Stacey Abrams is MORE qualified exponentially, as a potential VP, than the present (conservative/liberal) "orange" lard butt, golf playing, COMMUNIST (Russia(Putin) , and North Korea(Kim Jong um) symp

What makes you think she's qualified? Other than being a liberal lard butt Incapable of accepting reality,  Oh wait, in the Democratic Socialist world that is qualified 

Go away little man... I'm busy talking to adults about real issues, not unicorn fantasy crap.   B/A

Early on the DNC plan was a Biden/Harris ticket......that may have shifted to Michelle Obama....who would then become the first female President as clearly Biden won't make it for the long haul.....

 

It is funny that the MSM has already coroninated Biden...who is still far from the needed delegate count needed......even California hasn't finalized that primary from a week ago with 60 delegates still to be awarded.....

 

The DNC believes Biden is their best chance for a win.....they have a record of failures when they  have tried to pick the winner....HRC and Kerry are the most recent.....

 

The VP pick will be made on who might bring in the most votes.....perhaps in a needed state.....rather than the most qualified candidate....

JMO.      CL

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1 minute ago, coorslite21 said:

Early on the DNC plan was a Biden/Harris ticket......that may have shifted to Michelle Obama....who would then become the first female President as clearly Biden won't make it for the long haul.....

 

It is funny that the MSM has already coroninated Biden...who is still far from the needed delegate count needed......even California hasn't finalized that primary from a week ago with 60 delegates still to be awarded.....

 

The DNC believes Biden is their best chance for a win.....they have a record of failures when they  have tried to pick the winner....HRC and Kerry are the most recent.....

 

The VP pick will be made on who might bring in the most votes.....perhaps in a needed state.....rather than the most qualified candidate....

JMO.      CL

 

I'm still thinking Stacey Abrams of Georgia.

 

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9 minutes ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

I'm still thinking Stacey Abrams of Georgia.

 

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What makes you think she's qualified? Other than being a liberal lard butt Incapable of accepting reality, :lol: Oh wait, in the Democratic Socialist world that is qualified :lmao::lmao:

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Who Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders might be considering for VP picks

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Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. shake hands Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.
Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. shake hands Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris.

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  • With two septuagenarians battling for the nomination and a fervent ideological battle boiling within the Democratic Party, the eventual nominee's vice-presidential pick could have an impact on the general election, according to political scientists and operatives.

  • Given the diversity of the Democratic Party and its coalition, women and people of color should make up the bulk of both Biden's and Sanders' shortlists, political scientists and operatives told Insider.

  • The candidate's ideology, regional appeal, and experience will also come into play. 

  • Some pundits and strategists have begun speculating about who the two frontrunners will consider for the job.

  • One Biden-aligned operative said he'd be "surprised" if Biden's pick wasn't Sen. Kamala Harris. 

  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

With Super Tuesday setting the inescapable delegate math into motion, the Democrats will almost certainly have a septuagenarian white man leading the ticket in November to take on President Donald Trump. 

But the other half of that ticket is pretty wide open.  

Political scientists and Democratic operatives told Insider that both former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont would be smart to look for a younger running mate, preferably a woman or a person of color — or both.  

Both candidates have already suggested their future running mates would be women and younger than they are. In December, Biden told a New Hampshire voter he could think of "seven women off the top of my head" who could be his running mate. 

 

Beyond the candidate's identity, their ideology and regional strength will also come into play, and the nominee's goal will be a running mate who offers both balance and broad appeal. 

Biden has also said he would pick a running mate who could shoulder significant responsibility and act as almost like an equal partner in the White House. 

"Look, the only thing I know a lot about is the vice presidency," Biden said in response to a question about who he would pick for a running mate during a December town hall in Peterborough, New Hampshire. "The responsibility of the president is so immense that no one woman or man can handle the job by themselves. They have to be able to delegate, delegate significant responsibilities — not a joke. And the president did that with me."

Biden said he had enough influence as Obama's vice president that "I could hire and fire. I could pick people throughout the cabinet. I could do exactly as if I were the president, for real."

That codependency, he said, should trump concerns about the running mate complementing the nominee tactically for the general election.

Representatives Jason Crow (D-CO) (left) and Val Demings (D-FL) (right), two of the Democratic impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, head back to the Senate floor during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on January 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Representatives Jason Crow (D-CO) (left) and Val Demings (D-FL) (right), two of the Democratic impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, head back to the Senate floor during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on January 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Rep. Val Demings, right.

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Youth, energy, and diversity 

Given the diversity of the Democratic Party and its coalition, women and people of color should make up the bulk of both Biden's and Sanders' shortlists, the professors and operatives said.

Ian Russell, a former deputy director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said the vice-presidential pick should help energize black and Latino voters as well as college-educated suburban women who came out in force for Democratic House candidates in 2018. And they should be a model for the party going forward. 

"It's got to be somebody that the Democratic Party can see its future in," he said.

Russell pointed to Florida Rep. Val Demings, a former Orlando police chief who endorsed Biden on Thursday, as a strong candidate for the former vice president. Another Democratic strategist said either Demings or New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham would make good running mates for Biden. And Axios reported last year that Biden was considering former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams as his pick. 

A Democratic operative working to elect Biden predicted the candidate would choose Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who dropped out of the 2020 race in December, as his running mate. Harris, a former prosecutor and attorney general of her home state, ran on a more progressive platform than Biden but shied away from some of the progressive left's boldest proposals. Harris is considering endorsing Biden, according to The New York Times

"I'd be surprised if it wasn't Kamala Harris," he told Insider. "I actually think [she] is pretty pragmatic. I think Kamala Harris is closer to Joe Biden's form of politics than she ever was to the stuff she was trying to do on the campaign."

Though Harris was critical of Biden's record on race during the primary, the former vice president praised her when she dropped out of the race. 

"Sen. Harris has the capacity to be anything she wants to be," Biden said in December. "I talked to her yesterday. She's solid. She can be the president one day herself. She can be the vice president. She can go on to be a Supreme Court justice."

The operative said Sanders may have a harder time finding a running mate who will have broad appeal and be willing to be branded a democratic socialist. Some have suggested former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, a national cochair of Sanders' campaign, or Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, a progressive with a strong track record of wins in a swing state. 

"He doesn't want to seem as if he's selling out his people. There is an appearance piece of this, so it's gotta be someone who's going to pass the smell test with his supporters," he said. 

Basil Smikle, the former executive director of the New York State Democratic Party, largely agreed. 

"For Biden, I imagine black voters who were critical to his resurgence will be looking for an African American running mate," Smikle told Insider. "For Sanders, I think someone that fits his policy profile but may assuage concerns among 'establishment' Dems is possible, though few may fit the model."

But the two Democratic frontrunners find their strongest support in very different segments of the Democratic electorate. While Sanders has a significant lead over Biden among young voters and Latino voters, the former vice president is much more popular than his competitor among older and suburban voters. 

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Sen. Bernie Sanders with Nina Turner, his campaign's national cochair.

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Both candidates will also likely look for a running mate who appeals to the groups they're weak with. 

"Vice President Biden needs someone who can help him connect with the youth that Sen. Sanders has energized throughout this campaign," Josh Klemons, a Wisconsin Democratic strategist, told Insider. "Sen. Sanders needs someone who can either help him continue making inroads with communities of color or assuage moderates and conservative democrats that he isn't an ideologue looking to change everything they know about the country."

Historically, the vice-presidential pick doesn't make or break the general election, but there is a danger of picking a running mate who hurts the nominee's chances. 

"The percentage of people who said they wouldn't support John McCain in 2008 increased markedly in the immediate aftermath of Sarah Palin's first televised interview," Dan Hopkins, a political-science professor at the University of Pennsylvania, told Insider of the former GOP nominee's choice. 

"If they haven't already, I hope that the Biden campaign will start vetting because the most important thing is to do no harm," Russell said.

 

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14 minutes ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

Multiple offender, Sleep Around DJT, gets a pass though, right?  <_<

 

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Of course they give him a pass on everything... Let's see how they feel when he cuts their entitlements...

 

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I was thinking Billary for VP then Joe O"Biden would step down after a year for health reasons then Billary would become the Pres. Then Billary could ask Michael O'Bummer for the VP spot.

 

 

JMHO Bash away

 

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39 minutes ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

Multiple offender, Sleep Around DJT, gets a pass though, right?  <_<

 

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That is between him, God and his wife.

Dems are screaming about QPQ. KH has done exactly that to get where she is. That does not get a pass.

That is between her, God and the people. The people can pass their judgement at the ballot box. God will judge later. 

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1 minute ago, nstoolman1 said:

 

That is between him, God and his wife.

Dems are screaming about QPQ. KH has done exactly that to get where she is. That does not get a pass.

That is between her, God and the people. The people can pass their judgement at the ballot box. God will judge later. 

 

God will judge all of us, Trump as well......and it's wive(S) with an S.  :peace:

 

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1 hour ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

I'm still thinking Stacey Abrams of Georgia.

 

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Never cared for her... 

 

Ivy Educated....supposed to be good.....A Georgia State Rep...gives her limited experience.....and some baggage......

 

In April 2018 Abrams wrote an op-ed for Fortune revealing that she owed $54,000 in federal back taxes and held $174,000 in credit card and student loan debt. Abrams was repaying the IRS incrementally on a payment plan after deferring her 2015 and 2016 taxes, which she stated was necessary to help with her family's medical bills. During the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, Abrams donated $50,000 to her own campaign.

 

In 2019 she completed payment of her back taxes to the IRS in addition to other outstanding credit card and student loan debt reported during the gubernatorial campaign.

 

Wonder how she paid all that off so quickly?

 

Another possibility might be former Michigan Governor Granholm.....Governors run a mini microcosm relating well to the bigger whole....

 

Congresswoman Gabbard is far more qualified than Abrams....and even checks off the female of color box.....she's even an honest patriot who could bring in some independent and disenfranchised Republican votes....but that's right.... the DNC hates her....because she exposed the truth about them...

 

So.....Just some thoughts.....   CL

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36 minutes ago, Starrider said:

I was thinking Billary for VP then Joe O"Biden would step down after a year for health reasons then Billary would become the Pres. Then Billary could ask Michael O'Bummer for the VP spot.

 

 

JMHO Bash away

 

Starr

 

Who's Michael O'Bummer?  #bebest  :eyebrows:

 

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2 minutes ago, coorslite21 said:

 

Never cared for her... 

 

Ivy Educated....supposed to be good.....A Georgia State Rep...gives her limited experience.....and some baggage......

 

In April 2018 Abrams wrote an op-ed for Fortune revealing that she owed $54,000 in federal back taxes and held $174,000 in credit card and student loan debt. Abrams was repaying the IRS incrementally on a payment plan after deferring her 2015 and 2016 taxes, which she stated was necessary to help with her family's medical bills. During the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, Abrams donated $50,000 to her own campaign.

 

In 2019 she completed payment of her back taxes to the IRS in addition to other outstanding credit card and student loan debt reported during the gubernatorial campaign.

 

Wonder how she paid all that off so quickly?

 

Another possibility might be former Michigan Governor Granholm.....Governors run a mini microcosm relating well to the bigger whole....

 

Congresswoman Gabbard is far more qualified than Abrams....and even checks off the female of color box.....she's even an honest patriot who could bring in some independent and disenfranchised Republican votes....but that's right.... the DNC hates her....because she exposed the truth about them...

 

So.....Just some thoughts.....   CL

 

Tulsi would be great too.....She'll have some bridges to mend, but she's certainly up to that task.  As for any candidate at this point, Trump, who's never held public office in his life has eliminated the argument "limited experience" all by himself.  As always, just my opinion.

 

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9 minutes ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

Are there differing degrees of adultery?  Who's more guilty, the married one or the unmarried affair person?

 

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Nope....you're right there....For Harris it was to climb the political ladder......For Billy Bop in was to reduce 

Anxiety and Stress......(or so he says)...and for Trump.....who knows?

CL

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2 minutes ago, coorslite21 said:

 

Nope....you're right there....For Harris it was to climb the political ladder......For Billy Bop in was to reduce 

Anxiety and Stress......(or so he says)...and for Trump.....who knows?

CL

 

Well then, now that we've got the adultery issue cleared up and they are all guilty........the playing field should be viewed as level.

 

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Just now, coorslite21 said:

 

You know.....the non citizen....educated by the Saudi's... community organizer ...in Chicago......given a Senate seat......who became President......

CL

 

Never heard of him.....next thing you know, somebody will be pushing some cockamamy stolen social security number conspiracy.  B)

 

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