Amy Klobuchar drops out of Biden's VP contention
Senator Amy Klobuchar said on Thursday that she should not be considered as a potential Vice President for Joe Biden and that Biden should choose a "woman of color" as his running mate.
"This is a historic moment, and America must seize on this moment. And 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," Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, said in a television interview.
Biden responded to Klobuchar publicly on Twitter shortly after her comments.
"Amy — from the moment you announced you were running for president in a snowstorm, it wasn't hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to," Biden said on Twitter. "You know how to get things done. With your help, we're going to beat Donald Trump."
Klobuchar was seen as an attractive vice presidential candidate for Biden due to her centrist appeal, name recognition, and residency in Minnesota, which was a tightly contested race in 2016. However, her appeal has waned in recent weeks following an eruption of protests over police mistreatment of black Americans, leading Democrats to pressure Biden to choose a black running mate.
Klobuchar made the decision Wednesday after multiple conversations with staffers and family, according to an aide. The decision was said to have been made independently, with "zero pressure" from the Biden campaign.
Biden himself has still not committed to selecting a black woman as of last month, though he hopes to have made his decision by August.
"There are women of color under consideration and there are women from every part of the country under consideration because there are a lot of really qualified women that are ready to be president," Biden said in a television interview.