Klobuchar Pulls Out Of VP Race, Pitches For "Woman Of Color" On Ticket

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June 18, 2020 - 8:13 pm

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    Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has withdrawn her name from the race to become presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden's Vice President.

    The Senator said she called Biden late Wednesday to pull out of consideration. She told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday evening that "this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket."

    Klobuchar ended her own bid for the White House on the eve of Super Tuesday, when she endorsed Biden at a rally in Texas before his near-sweep of the night.

    Biden allies thought Klobuchar to be a less likely choice to become his running mate following the death of a George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Rep. James Clyburn told reporters last month that while he believed Klobuchar is "absolutely" qualified to be vice president, "This is very tough timing for her."

    Klobuchar spent eight years as prosecutor for Minnesota's largest county. Most of the more than two dozen people who died during police encounters during her tenure were people of color, according to data compiled by Communities United Against Police Brutality and news articles reviewed by the AP.

    Biden has pledged to pick as woman as his running mate.

    Calls to pick a black woman have grown louder in recent weeks following unrest around the country over Floyd's death.