Abrams Wants No Part of Biden [OPINION]
Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams apparently has no interest in being Joe Biden's No. 2, should Biden launch a bid for the Democrat presidential nomination and win the thing.
Rumors have been circulating since last week that Biden met with Abrams and may have discussed a possible Biden-Abrams ticket. The idea has been floated as a trial balloon as Biden continues to think about whether to enter the race. The idea does not seem to be sitting well within the Abrams camp. After all, Biden did not endorse Abrams' candidacy for governor.
Abrams herself says she has no interest in being Biden's running mate and says she is considering a run for the nomination herself or perhaps a challenge to Georgia U.S. Senator and Republican David Perdue. Biden's people have also denied speaking with Abrams about being a part of a possible Biden candidacy.
As he considers whether to enter the fray, Biden is looking to mend fences with African-American voters. He has blasted what he calls a "white man's culture" and has expressed regret for his handling of the questioning of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings he chaired nearly 30 years ago.
As a candidate for the Democrat presidential nomination in 1988, Biden criticized the ultimate nominee Michael Dukakis for granting Wille Horton a furlough. Two decades later, he drew criticism for his description of then-Senator Barack Obama.
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."
Whether Biden asked Abrams to join him on a possible ticket in 2020 or not, the idea was clearly planted to garner reaction. The reaction from Abrams' advisers was not positive, with one telling BuzzFeed Biden wants Abrams to "save his ass" and called that "some serious entitlement."
Joe Biden's popularity is high right now as he considers jumping into the race. Once he does, the scrutiny of his record and past behavior will intensify. I'm not sure a Biden candidacy would survive for long, and I'm even less sure that he really has the fire in his belly to get involved.
Hey Joe, retire on top. Go play golf.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.