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Thu Jul 30, 2020, 08:46 AM

If Biden wants to double down on a 'third Obama term,' he should pick Susan Rice

Washington Post

This piece is part of a series where I make the strongest case for various possible Democratic vice presidential picks.

Joe Biden is an intensely conventional presidential nominee: a 77-year-old, White, male former vice president who has spent his career balancing the progressive and moderate wings of his party. When Biden won enough delegates for the presidential nomination, many expected him to pick a running mate with a traditional résumé: maybe California Sen. Kamala D. Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar or New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

While some of those candidates are reportedly still in the mix, a highly unconventional choice has entered the top tier. Susan E. Rice, who served as Barack Obama’s national security adviser and his ambassador to the United Nations — has confirmed that Biden is considering her for the vice presidential slot.

Rice has never pursued elected office, so it would be unusual for her to jump directly into the second most visible political job in the country. But Rice — who works well with Biden personally, reinforces his key campaign message and fills in some of his demographic gaps — would be a smart choice for this moment.

Rice’s biggest advantage in the veepstakes is her long relationship with Biden. Biden has emphasized that he needs to have a good working relationship with his vice president. He wants to delegate major policy problems to her, trusting that she’ll run with the ball and craft her own initiatives.

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Reply If Biden wants to double down on a 'third Obama term,' he should pick Susan Rice (Original post)
brooklynite Jul 30 OP
CottonBear Jul 30 #1
beachbumbob Jul 30 #2
Cosmocat Jul 30 #4
delisen Jul 30 #3
2naSalit Jul 30 #5

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 08:56 AM

1. Ambassador Rice would be an excellent VP or Secretary of State.

Senator Kamala Harris would be an excellent VP or Attorney General.

All of the women who are being considered are excellent in their own unique ways.

I trust VP Biden to make the best choice, both for him and for the USA.

Who better would know what it takes to be an excellent VP, than VP Biden, who was, arguably, one of the best VPs in history.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 08:59 AM

2. rice is a lightening rod and no reason to chose her for VP while she would make an outstanding

Secretary of State

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Response to beachbumbob (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 09:16 AM

4. YEP

As others noted, possibly SOS.

Whatever her capabilities of the candidates she is the easiest for the Rs to slander/dirty up.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 09:11 AM

3. We need something very different from the past.

We need a very different assessment of Russia and Putin.

We need massive changes in our economy

We need to move swiftly on climate change

We need to manage crisis and build democracy at the same time

We need to build parity for women in Congress and state offices asap-our survival as a species and democracy literally depends on this.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 10:07 AM

5. I agree.

She and Joe have a long working relationship through many positions over the years. I see her as being much like Obama in several ways including the professional relationship she has with Biden.

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