It is not yet clear how much the activists’ opposition means to Biden. He has made it clear that the election policy in his election is less than choosing someone who can be a government partner and enter the top job without worrying.
But the contingent contingent of African American and Latino deniers – many of whom said they preferred Biden to choose a black woman as a running mate – is unique to Klobuchar; Elizabeth Warren, another top contender for VP, does not elicit similar antagonism from color communities.
“It comes from her performance in the first place ̵
Earlier this week, Biden confirmed that “several black women [are] Considered “for vice president. Those who are often mentioned include Senator Kamala Harris, former Georgia governor, Stacey Abrams and Florida Rep. Val Demings. Other Midwestern options, such as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, have also been mentioned.
But for many of these operatives, Klobuchar symbolizes a strategic divide within the Democratic Party: Whether one wants to focus on winning back white, midwestern voters who turned to Donald Trump in 2016 or activating color voters who were not happy to vote. She “represents that excitement,” said Pastor Al Sharpton, who said he told Biden he would prefer a black woman on the ticket but stated that he “is not anti-Amy.”
“It’s not her fault, but she’s in the middle of an ongoing battle of recent presidential elections,” Sharpton continued, adding that being “concerned” about choosing Klobuchar would not help give black and brown voters power.
In a Washington Post that was updated this month, Biden urged a woman of color as VP, seven black strategists and activists, urged Klobuchar and warned that she “would only promote black voters.”
“Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, does not need help to win white, unemployed voters – he serves that function himself,” they wrote. Referring to her record as chief prosecutor in Minneapolis, they added, “An election as Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Who failed to prosecute controversial police killings and is responsible for the imprisonment of Myon Burrell, will only promote black voters.”
“If it was important enough to be included in an op-ed, it speaks to how serious we are,” LaTosha Brown, one of the founders of Black Voter’s Matter and the lead author, said in an interview. “Her campaign exercise was about getting the working class, white people from the Midwest, and that may be true, but it’s a special strategy that doesn’t match what it will take to win. You have to attract the base.”
Angela Rye, a Democratic strategist and former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, who also signed the op-ed, called Klobuchar a “non-starter.”
Klobuchar’s boosters counter that Donald Trump will drive the Democratic base no matter what, and that key Rust Belt says Democrats must win games for Klobuchar’s strengths.
“I think she can help put the upper Midwest in play, and it’s an invaluable asset,” said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who supported Bernie Sanders during the presidential primary. He also noted that “there are many black people” in the Midwest, in cities like Detroit and Milwaukee, which will also be the key for Democrats to win back those states.
“I think the base will be excited enough because Trump used to be an idea, now Trump is the reality,” Ellison continued.
Klobuchar has been working to improve her relations with minority activists and politicians since leaving the presidential election. She approved a slate of racially and regionally diverse candidates in the poll. She has been working with Stacey Abrams, another VP challenger, to promote a vote-by-post bill, which was approved by Voto Latino and Pastor Jesse Jackson earlier this month. She also wrote a bill to expand broadband access to students at historically black colleges and Spanish-speaking institutions. And she participates in a virtual town hall hosted by the NAACP on how coronavirus disproportionately harms black and brown people.
During the presidential primary, Leah Daughtry, CEO of the DNC congresses in 2008 and 2016, hosted Klobuchar with a group of influential black female leaders, “half she felt, half she didn’t”, and “people left with a favorable impression”.
But, Daughtry noted, “building relationships in all areas of our lives takes time, including in politics,” and “it’s not something you can do in a few weeks.”
The primary results illustrate Klobuchar’s failure among color voters.
In South Carolina, she won 1 percent of black voters, even though they constitute a majority of Democratic primary voters in the state. That was the lowest sum for any of the presidential candidates on the ballot.
In Nevada, Klobuchar received 4 percent support for the Latino vote, the lowest percentage of presidential candidates other than the rope. Tulsi Gabbard. Nationally, Klobuchar regularly tested the low single-digit numbers among voters.
“Could she have done more? Absolutely, ”said Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic consultant in South Carolina. “But she knew where her bread was smeared, and it started in Iowa. She took the race as it comes. ”
Seawright noted that Biden’s own strength in the black community – as evidenced by his resounding victory in South Carolina, which revived his flinging campaign – “leaves room for the potential of Amy Klobuchar” as vice president.
But Biden also recently warned not to take African American voters for granted. On Friday, he apologized for a conference call with black leaders for comments he made to “The Breakfast Club” radio host: “If you have trouble finding out if you are for me or Trump, you are not black.”
Klobuchar’s prosecutor’s office as a lawyer in Hennepin County is another sore spot, especially her handling of a case involving Burrell, a black teenager. An investigation by the Associated Press found many deficiencies in the case, and Minnesota civil rights leaders urged her to cancel her presidential campaign.
Klobuchar demanded an independent investigation after her campaign ended, a move applauded by the Minnesota NAACP.
If Biden elected Klobuchar as its vice president, “it would add [his] work load “for the general election, said Daughtry, who signed another letter sent to Biden, urging the election of a black woman.
“There are enough people who either A, don’t know her or B, have a negative perception of her that there will be another thing the campaign has to do – present her and convince the color communities that she is okay,” Daughtry said. “It’s not impossible, but there’s already a lot of work to do in a presidential election.”