Sen. Amy Klobuchar late Thursday said she personally called 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.”
Klobuchar had long been considered a top contender for Biden’s vice presidential pick, but as protests against police brutality erupted across the country following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, the traditional running mate calculus was altered. Klobuchar’s credentials as a former prosecutor with a tough-on-crime record didn’t sit well as her home state became a locus among protests and calls for structural change in law enforcement.