Joe Biden recently said he would consider choosing a Republican as a running mate under what he would call a “unity ticket.”
Personally, I think such a move could work depending on who he would choose. I think John Kasich is a Republican that could get the kind of crossover votes that Biden is seeking. At the same time, such a move would alienate more progressive members in the Democratic Party and could get some to either not vote in 2020 or write in a more progressive candidate like Bernie Sanders. My youngest brother, who is in that progressive camp, told me today that he would consider such a route. That is, not voting for Biden and instead writing in Bernie. Such a move would no doubt be risky, but I do think it’s possible for Biden to thread the needle with this.
That is of course if he is serious about it. I personally think it’s much more likely Biden chooses a Democratic nominee, one who is more centrist and in line with his vision. I’m not saying Biden is being disingenuous, but we have a lot of time until the primary and if he is the eventual nominee, I have a hard time seeing him follow through on this proposal.
Anyways, I am curious to get some thoughts on whether or not you think Biden is seriously considering such a move and whether or not such a move would work. I could see this going either way. Depending of course on what Republican he would choose.
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