Joe Biden is now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Barring something unprecedented happening, he will be taking on President Donald Trump in the general election.
Following other prominent left-wing lawmakers, Biden had quite the slip of the tongue recently when he told virtual CNN town hall audiences there’s an “opportunity” to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to “fundamentally change the science relating to global warming.”
Biden seemed to suggest that the global pandemic presented the perfect opportunity for Democrats and progressives to expand the scope of federal economic and environmental policy.
“We have to look at it totally differently than we have before,” Biden told hosts Anderson Cooper and medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “I think the way we get through this is we have to deal with stimulating the economy, but then we have to deal with recovery. Recovery. And the way you deal with recovery is you think much bigger than we have before.”
“It’s like the New Deal. Think of every great act, every great change that’s taken place. It’s come out of a crisis. … What we did, we expanded opportunity. And I think we have an opportunity to significantly change the mindset of the American people — things they weren’t ready to do even two, three years ago,” he continued.
“We have an opportunity now to take in a recovery act, a real recovery, we can fundamentally change the science relating to global warming and we can create, seriously create 10 million good-paying jobs. We can do it. It’s within our power to do it,” Biden said.
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Biden has been making a lot of headlines lately.
Last week, an op-ed from the New York Times called on Biden to select Stacey Abrams, the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who still has not conceded the election from 2018 and claims she lost by more than 50,000 votes because of “voter suppression.”
Biden also finally got the endorsement from former President Barack Obama — after every single Democrat dropped out of the race.
Obama released a 12-minute video on his social media platforms officially endorsing Biden now that there’s no one else running for the Democratic nomination.
Now that Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee, many are wondering who he will choose to be his running mate.
During an online campaign event last Wednesday, Sleepy Joe slipped up big time and said he’s coming for California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris.
Biden said: “I’m so lucky to have you be a part of this partnership going forward. Working together, we can make a great deal of progress. … I’m coming for you, kid.”
Biden mentioning her name comes after a report last month that Biden has shifted into general election mode and promised to select a woman as his vice-presidential running mate.
The previous report listed these 3 names, among others, are likely at the top of Biden’s shortlist:
- California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris
- Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar
During the Democratic primary debate last month, Biden vowed that his eventual choice of a running mate would be a woman.
After vowing to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, Biden then added: “Secondly, if I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration will look like the country, and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president. There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.”