WASHINGTON – Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced late Thursday that she would retire from the exam to be former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s companion on the Democracy Ticket.
Ms. Klobuchar, who launched her own campaign for the presidency before getting out and becoming one of Mr. Biden’s most spirited surrogates, said during an MSNBC interview that she called Mr. Biden Wednesday night and told him to be a colored woman Running mate.
Ms. Klobuchar, a moderate and veteran of the Senate like Mr. Biden, is known to have had a strong relationship with the alleged democratic candidate and was an early favorite of a significant number of his donors and supporters. But her case of being Mr. Biden̵
“From what I’ve seen in my state and what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment, and America must use that moment,” she said. “I really think, like I told the Vice President last night, that this is a moment to put a colored woman on this ticket.”
Ms. Klobuchar was still under review until she called Mr. Biden on Wednesday evening, a person familiar with Mr. Biden’s selection process for running companions. In talks earlier this week, Ms. Klobuchar suggested to friends that she realized that her own story made it difficult for Mr. Biden to select her given the widespread protests against Black Lives Matter.
A person she spoke to on Monday said Ms. Klobuchar had said at the time that she understood that she would not be selected, and cited the examination of her file as a prosecutor. A Klobuchar spokeswoman denied the memory of the call.
Ms. Klobuchar’s statement that Mr. Biden should choose a colored woman created an uncomfortable political dynamic for Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts, another former rival of the president, whom Mr. Biden sees as a possible colleague. Ms. Warren is the most prominent and impressive white candidate in the race, and she is far in the review process.
Other considered white candidates include Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin, Governor Gretchen Whitmer from Michigan and Governor Gina Raimondo from Rhode Island.
When asked by MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell whether her previous job as a prosecutor would have made it difficult for her to act as Mr. Biden’s companion, Ms. Klobuchar said this was not a factor in her decision.
“I think I could have worked well,” she said. “There are many falsehoods about my file and now is not the time to discuss them.”