Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced Thursday that she was withdrawing from consideration to be the party’s 2020 vice presidential nominee.
Klobuchar has long been considered a contender for the number-two spot in former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, but she told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that she believed it was the perfect time to put a woman of color on the ticket. (RELATED: Amy Klobuchar Verbal Slip Raises Questions About The Reason She Rallied Behind Biden)
BREAKING: Sen. Klobuchar announces she is withdrawing from consideration to be Joe Biden’s vice presidential choice: “I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.” pic.twitter.com/xk4zZIP7Yd
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Klobuchar began by saying that she had chosen not to comment much on the selection process — Biden, as the party’s presumptive nominee, has said repeatedly that he would choose a woman to serve as vice president.
“But let me tell you this,” Klobuchar continued. “After what I’ve seen in my state, what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment. And America must seize on this moment.”
“And I truly believe, as I actually told the vice president last night when I called him, that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket,” Klobuchar added. “And there are so many incredibly qualified women, but if you want to heal this nation now — my party, yes, but this nation — that’s sure a hell of a way to do it.”