Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have struggled with the poor poll numbers of two of the caucus’s own members: Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Now some members seem content with having one of these candidates run for vice president with current front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden.
According to the Real Clear Politics average of the five latest polls, Biden currently leads the pack of Democratic nominees with support from 41.4 percent of those polled. Next in line is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with 14.6 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with 8 percent, and Harris with 7 percent. Booker trails with only 2.6 percent.
The combination of Harris, who not only ranks in the top four candidates but is young (54) and a woman, with 76-year-old Biden appeals to at least some members of the caucus. Biden, who served as vice president to America’s first black president, polls well with African American voters.
“Either combination there, I’d love,” Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) said, according to Politico. “I think he’s going to look to balance his ticket so that the ticket itself is more appealing. … I think it would make sense and it wouldn’t surprise me if he picked a woman of color.”
A Biden-Harris ticket could bring in members of the caucus who support Biden’s policies, but have been reluctant to endorse him at the expense of African American candidates.
“But for the fact that we have two of our own who are both quite capable of being president, I’d say probably a lot of the members would’ve already announced for Biden,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).
But others are still hesitant. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) told Politico that she would endorse Biden if he became the nominee, but “[r]ight now, I’m still believing that Harris can be the top of the ticket.