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Klobuchar Pulls Back From Consideration as Bidens Running Mate

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) effectively pulled herself out of contention to be Democratic presidential candidate Joe Bidens running mate on June 18, saying she felt that the historic moment required picking a woman of color.

“This is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket, and there are so many incredible qualified women,” she said in an interview on MSNBC. “If you want to heal this nation right now—my party, yes, but our nation—this is sure a hell of a way to do it.”

Biden, who will take on Republican President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election, is under pressure to pick a black woman as his understudy as racial tensions flare over instances of police brutality, including the videotaped death last month of George Floyd, an unarmed black man after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.

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(L-R) Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) listen as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) (3rd R) speaks during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14, 2020. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) greet at a South Carolina Democratic Party dinner in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 24, 2020. (Meg Kinnard/AP Photo)

Klobuchars record as the top prosecutor for the Minnesota county that includes Minneapolis, where Floyd died, came under scrutiny. Some Democrats took issue with her record on police misconduct and other prosecutRead More From Source

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