Progressive groups urge Warren for vice president


“Senator Warren is deeply qualified to be our next Vice President, bringing decades of experience and a track record of leadership on Green New Deal issues to fight corporate greed and corruption, issues that excite the progressive voters he will need to win the White House, “the letter says.” Few senators have fought more and more consistently for the kinds of structural reforms that would elevate working class families and communities. “

Progressive Democrats of America and RootsAction.org supported Sanders in the primaries. Together, they represent more than 1.2 million activists.

Progressive Democrats in America surveyed his email list last week about his preference for the vice president. With more than 1,000 responses, Warren finished first, with 52 percent support. Senator Kamala Harris of California finished second with 18 percent.

“For voters and activists who supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries, it is vital that Biden choose a running mate with a long progressive track record of fighting for working families in this country,” said Alan Minsky, executive director of Progressive Democrats of America. in a prepared statement.

Outside groups and prominent Democrats have been pressing Biden’s campaign, both public and private, in electing the vice president since the former vice president became the alleged Democratic candidate. However, it is unclear how effective external efforts will be. Biden is expected to make a decision based on personal chemistry and his perception of which running mate could not only help him win, but also rule.

Warren is one of several top-tier contenders. She has a small dollar fundraising machine and a connection to progressive Democrats who could help Biden shore up his support for the party’s more liberal voters. Before he decided not to run for president in 2016, Biden wanted her to be his running mate.

Some Democrats and moderate donors are wary of Warren, and RootsAction co-founder Jeff Cohen said “the main obstacle” to his selection “is the class of Democratic donors and Wall Street.”

That opposition, he said, “is exactly the reason why she would be such a great partner, especially to attract progressive voters, Bernie’s supporters.”

Warren may face other obstacles, however. Protests since the death of George Floyd in police custody have It increased the possibilities of selecting a woman of color. When Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota withdrew from the vice presidential race earlier this month, she publicly encouraged Biden to choose a woman of color.

Harris, Representative Val Demings of Florida and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms are among the people of color in consideration. VoteVets PAC released a video Monday that featured the case of Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), A combat veteran and an Asian American woman.

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