Biden's VP choice: obstacles for a female VP to overcome

Source: USA Today - View Original Article
Published: Aug 01, 2020
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67% Conservative


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98% "If Biden loses, there's always 2024 for his VP selection and other female candidates on both sides."
90% "It now feels a lot closer to symbolism than a revolutionary change in U.S. politics."
88% "Since then, it's been 36 years, two generations reaching adulthood."
80% "With the prospect of a 78-year-old president on Inauguration Day, a woman ascending to Oval Office from the vice presidency may finally be possible -- outside of Julia-Louis Dreyfus on the television show Veep."
79% "Nancy Pelosi is the first female Speaker of the House."
69% "All the women considered leading contenders appear to have held significant positions in Congress, federal, state or local government."
66% "Yet even Biden notes his age brings added weight to his choice of running mate."
60% "Only 16% cited it as having a major impact."
-51% "► Avoiding being a caricature."
-60% "The tantalizing difference now is this could actually come to electoral fruition, if Biden's sizable lead in the polls and the dismal mood of the country continues unabated."
-61% "Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren even campaigned for president."
-70% "The pandemic threatens in-person voting at a time when going to the grocery store can seem like a deadly risk."
-80% "Progress has been made, although not enough."
-83% "a woman VP nominee's to the highest offices depends on several factors, including a very big wild card: ► What happens in the spotlight?"
-93% "This time, the failed effort was on the Republican side, with Sarah Palin's nomination as John McCain's running mate in 2008."

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98% : Weeks later, Ferraro riveted the country with an acceptance speech so powerful that I included all of it in my book about her life and historic selection.
98% : If Biden loses, there's always 2024 for his VP selection and other female candidates on both sides.
93% : Decades later, the question is still when American women will find the key.
90% : It now feels a lot closer to symbolism than a revolutionary change in U.S. politics.
88% : Since then, it's been 36 years, two generations reaching adulthood.
81% : " How likely and smooth the path
81% : So, a woman could win the vice presidency by traditional standards and still not take office in January.
80% : With the prospect of a 78-year-old president on Inauguration Day, a woman ascending to Oval Office from the vice presidency may finally be possible -- outside of Julia-Louis Dreyfus on the television show "Veep.
79% : Barring a stunning reversal, another woman is about to run on the national ticket.
79% : Meanwhile, Trump is already signaling he could contest the election results.
79% : Nancy Pelosi is the first female Speaker of the House.
75% : But August marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.
73% : But that shining "daughter" of America moment soon faded.
73% : Tammy Duckworth is a war hero and the best vice president for Joe Biden in 2020 Regardless of politics, if Biden and his female running mate don't win or take office, it would be yet another missed opportunity for American women to finally become part of an American political tradition since 1789.
72% : But she also became the target of a plethora of jokes about her Alaskan lifestyle and colorful comments.
69% : All the women considered leading contenders appear to have held significant positions in Congress, federal, state or local government.
67% : Hillary Clinton won the 2016 popular vote, but the Electoral College left her at home in New York, instead of the White House.
66% : Joe Biden's impending vice presidential pick has the feel of history being made before our eyes: a woman with a chance to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
66% : After the Walter Mondale-Ferraro ticket's crushing loss, it took 24 years just for the same fate to reoccur.
66% : Yet even Biden notes his age brings added weight to his choice of running mate.
65% : Saturday Night Live summed it up with a mocking Tina Fey saying, "I can see Russia right from my house!"
64% : Madeleine Albright's 1997 confirmation as Secretary of State shattered barriers against women that went back to Thomas Jefferson.
63% : ► Could she actually take office?
62% : Who should Joe Biden pick as his vice president?
60% : However groundbreaking his choice may be, until it's ratified on Inauguration Day, Biden's pledge to pick a woman for his vice presidential running mate seems more like the movie "Groundhog Day.
60% : Only 16% cited it as having a major impact.
57% : ► The political bump.
56% : It's long overdue for women of either party to become vice president and president.
55% : " It keeps repeating itself.
55% : Duckworth?
55% : Demings?
55% : Biden's VP:
54% : ► Biden's age bringing extra scrutiny.
53% : As a result, his pick can realistically expect to be examined a lot more rigorously for presidential ability than ever before. ► Previous decisions, from prosecutorial and police actions to votes cast long ago, may come back to haunt a vice presidential nominee.
52% : The potential for a nasty nickname from President Trump may be the least of it.
52% : This would be the biggest wild card for Biden and his VP nominee.
51% : There have been two defeated female vice presidential candidates, but still no woman elected.
49% : The headline from her comments, was "A woman on ticket can't be just symbolic."
49% : ► Avoiding being a caricature.
48% : Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton would later become the USA's top diplomat.
47% : A traditional school of vice presidential selection was usually ticket-balancing with a safe prospect who adhered to the political version of the Hippocratic oath to do no harm.
45% : But even those positions pale in comparison to the scrutiny of being on a national presidential ticket.
45% : Geraldine Ferraro died before seeing that achievement, despite her 1984 acceptance speech declaring, "There are no doors we can't unlock.
42% : While that also reflected the double standards for women in 1984, don't bet against the current Twittersphere being even rougher.
41% : For Geraldine Ferraro, her husband's financial dealings put her on the defensive, soon after her nomination.
40% : The tantalizing difference now is this could actually come to electoral fruition, if Biden's sizable lead in the polls and the dismal mood of the country continues unabated.
39% : Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren even campaigned for president.
38% : So far, despite some cracks, the glass ceiling for women has stayed intact, 231 years after the first presidential and vice presidential election.
38% : A woman vice presidential nominee may energize various bases, depending on her color, career, background, or region.
36% : But actually, it's an old rerun.
36% : There was a similar buzz back in 1984, when Geraldine Ferraro's Democratic vice presidential nomination heralded a revolution in the presidential landscape that never happened.
36% : With the stakes higher than normal for a VP selection, this can not only influence potential Republican defectors and independent voters, but progressive Democrats still embittered from the primary process.
35% : Still, if some battleground states are as tight as 2016, even a small bump from a female VP could swing the election.
30% : Sarah Palin was initially hailed by some as a bold, conservative choice in 2008.
30% : The pandemic threatens in-person voting at a time when going to the grocery store can seem like a deadly risk.
28% : On these pages in 1984, I interviewed Rep. Ferraro, a contender for a then-shocking concept: a woman as the vice presidential nominee of a major party.
21% : But a recent Politico/Morning consult poll didn't show Biden's overall selection of a woman as a priority for voters.
20% : Progress has been made, although not enough.
17% : a woman VP nominee's to the highest offices depends on several factors, including a very big wild card: ► What happens in the spotlight?
7% : This time, the failed effort was on the Republican side, with Sarah Palin's nomination as John McCain's running mate in 2008.

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