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There are so many Democrats in the race to be the 2020 Presidential candidate, it makes you wonder how this will play out? I mean, when any U.S. election starts, there are typically a handful of people running within the party, but after a few weeks or even months, we see one or two candidates emerge as front runners. But with the Democratic race, we haven’t started to see just one front-runner. Or even two. I mean, the top candidates in terms of polls include Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, and Amy Klobuchar. But there are about 10-12 (or maybe more) other candidates who aren’t making the cut in the polls.
The other thing that we should be cognizant about is that many of these won’t be Presidential candidates, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t get on the ticket. So who do we see emerging as front runners? According to the Congressional Black Caucus, it might be Joe Biden for President, and Kamala Harris for Vice President. So why do they think Biden would be the best? So far, he’s leading the polls, which means if they can build a strong ticket, the Democrats might have a chance to take on Donald Trump.
But these two candidates couldn’t be more different. I mean, there are the obvious things – age, race, and gender. One of the reasons that Democrats think this would be a good ticket is because of the turn out of colored voters. Or lack thereof. They believe this had a lot to do with Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016. But there’s another reason why this ticket could be a good thing for the Democrats and that is balance. In order for Biden to progress and show voters that he is capable of leading a diverse country, he has to show that on his ticket. It’s funny in a way because this is what Barack Obama had to do when he ran. Putting Biden on the ticket made voters feel like others would also have a voice in the White House. It’s ironic, though, isn’t it? But the other way to look at this is to consider if Biden even needs Harris on the ticket, given his close ties with Obama.
The caucus isn’t declaring that Biden is the winner of the race, but they are acknowledging that there are nearly two dozen candidates and the first primary is still nine months away. They’re also not ruling out Harris or Booker and would be thrilled if either won the nomination. But when it comes to winning, you have to remember the saying “pride goeth before a fall”. Meaning – arrogance will lead to a person’s failure. So keeping Biden in their pocket (so to speak) means that they have options. And options are what they need to win.
In fact, this is likely to be their best bet since Harris is currently so far behind in the polls. She has had a hard time retaining the momentum that her promising campaign was full of when she first announced in January. But as I said, this is still an early race and who will emerge as the front runner is anyone’s guess at this time.