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Biden Team Considers Naming Stacey Abrams As His VP Running-mate

Biden Team Considers Naming Stacey Abrams As His VP Running-mate

Obama spoke in Atlanta to endorse Abrams and encourage Georgians to vote.

Joe Biden, the former US Senator from DE and President Barack Obama's two-term vice president, has told supporters that he plans on running for president in 2020, with a formal announcement coming in April, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. There's also a sense among some Democrats that Biden's appeal with working-class white voters in the Rust Belt would make up for weaknesses that cost Hillary Clinton the White House in 2016.

The report said Biden met privately with the leaders of Ukraine, Greece, Kosovo and Macedonia at the Munich conference.

"If Biden were to name his running mate long in advance of the Milwaukee convention, it might be very good politics", said Michael Beschloss, author of "Presidents of War". He ran for president of the United States in 1988 and 2008, but withdrew early from both races.

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Biden and Abrams did indeed meet in Washington D.C. last week, reportedly to discuss Abrams's next political moves.

The choice of Abrams would be advantageous to Biden in a number of ways. Abrams was the first black woman to be a major party's nominee for governor. This way, Biden won't just be "another old white guy", reported Axios on Thursday. They cited several key reasons why naming someone so soon may be problematic for him.

While Biden has not formally revealed if he will run for president, he has been polling as the top contender for the Democratic nomination, though his age and his race are seen as a drawback by the left wing of the party.

First, it could be risky in the debates, as Biden might be asked why consideration of other Democrats - namely, those he's running against for the presidential nomination - wasn't appropriate.