Biden running mate search zeroes in on four black women, including Susan E. Rice

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Joe Biden’s search for a running mate has zeroed in on four black women, including Susan E. Rice, the former National Security Adviser under former President Barack Obama.

“I would certainly say yes,” Rice recently told PBS host Margaret Hoover in an interview.

The Washington Post on Saturday quoted people with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity as saying that “among the candidates who have progressed to the point of more comprehensive vetting or have the potential to do so are Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), former national security adviser Susan E. Rice and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, all of whom are black.”

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is white, is also in that group, as is New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is Latina, The Post added.

The report said “the pool of prospects remains fluid, and some close Biden allies suggested other contenders could also face the more intensive vetting process.”

If he defeats Trump in November, Joe Biden , 77, would be the oldest person ever elected to the presidency.

Joe Biden and Susan RiceCorbis/VCG via Getty Images
Joe Biden and Susan RiceCorbis/VCG via Getty Images

The Post said “beyond potential health issues, some Democrats believe that if elected, Biden might not seek a second term, giving his vice president an early advantage in the race to become the next chief executive.”

Susan Elizabeth Rice was born on November 17, 1964. She is an American former public official who served as the 24th U.S. National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017 and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013.

The U.S. Senate confirmed her as Ambassador by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009.

A former Brookings Institution fellow, she served on the staff of the National Security Council and was the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President Bill Clinton’s second term.

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