Amy Klobuchar won’t be in the running for Vice President. The Minnesota senator withdrew herself from the list of potential VPs, urging America and Joe Biden to ‘seize the moment’ amidst the BLM movement.
Amy Klobuchar, 60, is no longer vying for the Vice President ticket under Democratic nominee Joe Biden, 77. The Minnesota senator shocked America when she withdrew herself from the list of potential candidates on Thursday, June 18, and urged Joe to choose a “woman of color” as his running mate. “There are so many incredible, qualified women…America must seize on the moment and I truly believe — as I actually told the VP last night when I called him — that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket,” she said to MSNBC‘s Lawrence O’Donnell.
“If you wanna heal this nation right now, my party yes, but our nation, this is a hell of a way to do it,” she added, referencing the Black Lives Matter movement, which has sparked protests across the country and around the world following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd on May 25. Amy, who is a Minnesota native and previously served as Hennepin County’s prosecutor — where George was killed — had previously decided not to remove herself from the potential candidate list after the death.
Shortly after Floyd’s death, it was brought to light that Amy had previously failed to charge now-fired officer Derek Chauvin for another fatal shooting incident. Throughout her seven years as the Hennepin County prosecutor, Amy faced criticism for not doing enough to examine and stop racism amongst the Minneapolis Police Department. Despite her past history, she doesn’t think that it would have affected her job as Vice President, should she have been elected. “I think I could’ve functioned fine and there’s a lot of untruths out there about my record and now is not the time to debate those,” she also said to MSNBC.