Former Vice President Joe Biden has been making headlines lately for all of the wrong reasons. When he’s not praising racist Democratic Senators who supported segregation, Biden has been accused by several women of touching them inappropriately without their consent.
Now, the 2020 Democratic hopeful is considering someone to be his running mate could sink his campaign.
Biden’s team is reportedly pushing him to consider Stacey Abrams to be his running mate, the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who has not conceded her elected loss to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and is around $200,000 in personal debt.
Abrams previously said she would not consider being anyone’s running mate.
But this week she changed her tone and said she would be “honored” to be selected as vice presidential running mate for whichever Democrat winds up with the 2020 nomination for that party.
“I would be honored to be considered by any nominee,” she said.
As detailed in a previous report by Axios, Biden is strongly considering Abrams to be his running mate on the 2020 ticket.
Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president.
Why it matters: The popular Georgia Democrat, who at age 45 is 31 years younger than Biden, would bring diversity and excitement to the ticket — showing voters, in the words of a close source, that Biden “isn’t just another old white guy.”
Aside from her refusal to concede an election she clearly lost, Abrams is also in massive personal debt:
Abrams wrote an op-ed for Fortune in April, in which she argued her personal debt shouldn’t disqualify her from running for governor.
She owes more than $227,000 in credit card debt, student loan debt and back taxes. She also owes $178,500 in real estate debt and $4,434 on a car loan.
Abrams owes back taxes in the amount of $40,201 for 2015 and $13,851 for 2016. In a Yahoo Finance exclusive interview, Abrams acknowledged she was supposed to pay quarterly taxes on self-employment income over the course of the year, but other priorities interfered.
It’s no secret that student loan debt is crippling a generation, but Abrams isn’t actually part of the generation we widely consider the hardest hit by student loans. Abrams is a Gen-Xer, born in 1973. She owes $96,512 in student loan debt — nearly three times the national average.
Biden is apparently worried that he will be rejected by voters because of his age.
But it is certainly odd that he would even consider Abrams.
She lost her election by a pretty big margin, has no political experience whatsoever, has never held any serious public office, and is almost a quarter of a million dollars in debt.
But Biden is apparently so desperate to appease the fringe parts of the Democratic Party that he is considering Abrams simply because she is a woman, African-American, and younger.
None of those aspects qualify someone to be vice president.