Opinion: Obama’s Endorsement Challenges Biden, Re-Imagines Presidency for the Future

Last Tuesday, former President Barack Obama gave his much-anticipated endorsement of his former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy. 

The endorsement was expected, of course, despite the wait Obama imposed, which seemed likely attributable to his preference to time his speech in the wake of Bernie Sanders’ own endorsement of Biden, creating a crescendo effect. read more

With Promises Made Of A Woman VP Nominee, Who Do Voters Want Picked To Run?

Healthcare reform, coronavirus, and who could beat President Donald Trump in a general election matchup were all obvious topics that viewers should have expected to be discussed in the debate between Democratic Party candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on Sunday night.

But a promise from Biden also made headlines — the pledge that a woman vice-presidential candidate would run alongside him, should he get the nomination.

Sanders made a similar promise, saying he was going to highly consider a woman to run with him too, but Biden’s words were more committal.

“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,” he said in the debate.

Biden didn’t give any details on who he was thinking of. But according to polling from last month, there are a few names that top the list of Democratic voters’ opinions that he should give strong consideration toward.

An Emerson poll from mid-February asked respondents who should be the Democratic candidate for vice president. A clear plurality, 20 percent, said it should be current U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, who also ran for president in the Democratic primary but dropped out early due to losing momentum during her campaign.

The poll, which also included men in its questioning, placed Andrew Yang in second place, with 18 percent. Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came in third, with 16 percent saying she should be VP, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams came in fourth, with 8 percent saying she should be the nominee.

Women are the majority of the U.S. population, but we’ve never had a woman president.

There are plenty of inspiring, qualified women in American politics who could be president.

One of them must be on the Democratic ticket in November. https://t.co/9AgienhXhd read more

Bridging Rural/Urban Divide Key for Democrats in 2020 and for Exposing Trump Failures

Just yesterday I attended a fair in Port Oneida, Michigan celebrating rural culture.

While the focus on Michigan, when it comes to economic matters, tends to be on the manufacturing sector, largely, of course, because of the dominance of the auto industry, the importance of the rural economy and population loom large, not just in terms of their essential role in U.S. life but also as a voting issue and bloc in the 2020 presidential election.

Indeed, it is not uncommon, driving in this area of the country, to see bumper stickers that read, “No farms, No Food.” Urban folk would be wise to be cognizant of their reliance on this rural culture for their very life.

The success of Democrats in the 2020 presidential election may very well hinge on their ability to forge a unity between rural and urban voters and to underscore not just the interdependence of rural and urban populations and economies but the common issues and interests these communities share.

President Trump has done his best to drive a wedge between rural and urban voters, trying to obscure the common suffering people have experienced under Trump’s mis-leadership.  While speaking in Ohio last August 2, he continued, for example, to berate Baltimore for its problems, having referred to the city as a “rat and rodent infested mess,” as if, despite occupying the most powerful political office in the nation, if not the world, the people of Baltimore did not fall under his purview and he did not shoulder any responsibility for Baltimore or, really, any of America’s inner cities.  Baltimore residents are not part of Trump’s “United Base of America.”

As Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS news, noted, however, while Trump was speaking recently in Ohio, he neglected to address the suffering experienced in that very state. She tweeted: “

The president was in Ohio, home to Masury, OH — a city nicknamed Misery, OH because of the struggles and economic devastation there. But President Trump went on extended riffs about cities much more farther [sic] away last night.” read more