Joe Biden, former president Barack Obama’s vice president, is a long-time darling of moderate Democrats. The recent Democratic National Convention shone a light on his strategy: Defend democracy and welcome a wide range of Americans, including ardent Bernie Sander supporters and Republicans alike.
A career politician, Biden earned his first Senate seat at the young age of 29. He quickly became known for his foreign policy expertise. He has also been a proponent of tougher crime laws that have put a disproportionately high number of people of color behind bars in a country that houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prison population. Now, he says he’ll eliminate private prisons.
His cringe-worthy tendency to give young women unsolicited back rubs is only acceptable in that it pales in comparison to the president’s own record. But this year, “acceptable” is enough for millions of voters ready to say “Bye-Don” 2020.
Kamala Harris breaks barriers as a Black and Indian woman running for vice president of the US. Harris came up as what she called a “progressive prosecutor” in California, though some say she’s too pro-police to be a sound choice as Black Lives Matter protests take over the nation.