Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she was taking herself out of the running to be Joe Biden’s running mate after reports said she was already excluded from the presumptive nominee’s shortlist.
“This is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket,” Klobuchar told MSNBC on Thursday. “After what I’ve seen in my state and what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment. There are so many incredibly qualified women. But if you want to heal this nation right now -- my party, yes, but our nation -- this sure is a hell of a way to do it. And that’s just what I think after being through this in my state."
“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 responded on Twitter. “You know how to get things done. With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump.”
Klobuchar was already off the shortlist:
Klobuchar’s comments came after she was already excluded from Biden’s shortlists according to multiple reports.
With Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the only white woman on the shortlist, many saw Klobuchar’s remark as a jab at her former presidential rival.
“Klobuchar undermining Warren as she exits the veepstakes is our last great primary twist, the post-credits cutscene when the chaos blades are sitting there but Kratos is gone,” quipped Washington Post reported Dave Weigel.
Biden shortlist down to two?
Biden has narrowed his shortlist down to California Sen. Kamala Harris and Florida Rep. Val Demings, according to a report from Fox Business.
“Despite Demings lower name recognition, I am told she's got a legitimate shot,” said reporter Charles Gasparino. “Insiders worried about Harris record as a prosecutor that can be attacked by the left & Trump.”
Biden was previously said to also be considering former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Warren.