The political rumor mill is turning, and word on Capitol Hill is that Joe Biden is considering a 2020 campaign run with former Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams already tapped as a potential running mate.
News website Axios reports that the former Vice President’s senior advisors are debating the idea of packaging the two notable Democrats to help 76-year-old Biden come off as not “just another old white guy.” However, it’s said that some on his team are completely opposed feeling that the move will come off as a “gimmick.”
Although Biden has not addressed the rumors, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution did report that at the request of the former Vice President, the two met last week for lunch to discuss Abrams’ next political moves. Earlier this month the 45-year-old told The New York Times that she was not ruling out a run in 2020, saying, “I’m not saying I would be the best candidate, but I’m not going to dismiss it out of hand the way others do.”
Abrams’ team told Axios in a statement that “Abrams continues to keep all options on the table for 2020 and beyond. She has met with over half a dozen presidential contenders to discuss their commitment to voting rights and to investing in Georgia.”
In a crowded Democratic field, reactions are mixed on whether or not an early declaration for a running mate will be helpful to the former senator from Delaware. Al Sharpton believes tapping Abrams could help him win those who have “mitigating objections to his treatment of Anita Hill during Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation.”
Others believe that while the decision could attract younger voters, not waiting to consider somebody who is already running in 2020 could be hurtful to his campaign.
Even if Abrams is not selected to be a presidential running mate, she has made it clear in the past that she will definitely run for political office again.