As Presidential contenders gear up for a heated 2020 campaign, the wait is on to see if Joe Biden plans to run has just gotten more interesting as signs point to the possibility that he’ll name Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams as his running mate, Axios reported.
Biden’s aides are reportedly co-signing Abrams for the VP position for the 2020 presidential bid. Given that Abrams’ tough as nails run for Georgia governor earned her national praise, Biden’s aides believe the pairing would show the 76-year-old is not “just another old white guy.”
Last week, former Vice President Biden and Abrams met privately on Thursday to discuss their possible future political plans.
After two failed presidential bids, Biden is expected to announce soon whether he will run a third time for president. Abrams, 45, sprang onto the national scene last fall when she nearly won her election for Georgia governor. Whether Abrams runs for the Senate in 2020, as many established Democrats would like to see, or runs for president remains to be seen.
It’s also possible Biden wanted to discuss whether Abrams would be open as a possible vice presidential running mate.
Biden endorsed Abrams for governor and the secretive D.C. meeting was reportedly at Biden’s request, according to WXIA-TV in Atlanta.
Abrams was interviewed by the Associated Press last week, in which she steered the conversation away from whether she’ll run for president, instead choosing to focus on whether she’ll run for Senate to challenge David Perdue, the new Republican senator who is pro-Trump.
“There certainly is connectivity between that and other 2020 opportunities,” Abrams told the AP, including one that could require “other people to make decisions about what they would like” instead of her deciding to run, which would seem to imply the vice presidency.