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Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, campaigns for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Murphy for Governor).

Murphy thinks Biden will pick a diverse VP

Governor won’t tell presumptive nominee who to pick as his number two

By Nikita Biryukov, June 24 2020 3:13 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy isn’t calling on former Vice President Joe Biden to pick a woman of color as his running mate, but he thinks the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will likely take that tack.

“The decision on who the vice president is is Vice President Biden’s decision, obviously, but I think there’s an overwhelming sense that the pick will reflect the diversity of the democratic party and of our nation,” Murphy said Wednesday. “Exactly what diversity, how it actually evidences itself, we’ll wait and see who the vice president picks.”

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) took her name out of the running to be Biden’s number two last week over a belief that this year’s Democratic vice presidential candidate should be a woman of color.

Murphy, who chairs the Democratic Governors Association, likely agrees.

“This is a moment in our history that is unlike any other that I can recall, and embracing that diversity — which is a hallmark of our party and of our nation — full-throatedly seems to be something that matches this moment in time,” the governor said.

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