Florida’s Val Demings shortlisted for Biden’s running mate

Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., has formally begun interviewing with the Biden campaign for the vice presidential nomination and the vetting process is underway, a source with direct knowledge told NBC News Thursday. “We’re definitely on a list,” the source said.

Demings, D-Fla., in an interview with SiriusXM’s “The Dean Obeidallah Show,” said Wednesday night she was on “the shortlist” to be Biden’s vice presidential nominee, saying that she’d accept the job if offered.

“If Vice President Biden asked me to serve along with him, I would be honored to do just that,” she said.

Demings has represented an Orlando-area district — a key territory in the critical battleground state of Florida — since 2017. Earlier in her career, she was the police chief of Orlando. She also served as a House manager during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

With Donald Trump and Mike Pence being both Caucasian males, and with minorities (excluding Caucasian females) inching towards 40% of the American population, the choice of a minority for a running mate has become crucial in the Democratic party to energize its base to the polls.

In terms of the road to 270 electoral votes to win the American presidency, Florida’s 29 has become a crucial prize. These two dynamics makes a popular minority politician from Florida a very attractive addition to the Democratic ticket.

Meanwhile, CBS News reported that Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was asked by the Biden campaign to undergo a formal vetting for consideration for the veep slot. Klobuchar ran for the Democratic presidential nomination but dropped out in March to endorse Biden.

She wouldn’t confirm or deny the report on Friday morning in an interview with WCCO Radio in Minneapolis, saying “Joe Biden is going to decide, so I’m not going to go into the details of this process.”

DNT News – Orlando, FL