“This is a historic moment, and America must seize on this moment. And I truly believe as, I actually told the vice president last night when I called him, that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket,” Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.
“And there are so many incredibly qualified women, but if you want to heal this nation right now, my party … this is sure a hell of a way to do it.”
Biden offered warm words for Klobuchar shortly after her comments to MSNBC.
“Amy — from the moment you announced you were running for president in a snowstorm, it wasn’t hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to,” Biden tweeted. “You know how to get things done. With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump.”
Floyd’s death in Minneapolis reignited long festering Democratic concerns about Klobuchar’s criminal justice record and the seven years she spent as the top prosecutor in Minnesota’s most populous county, a position she secured by promising to be tough on crime.
The resurgence of questions about her criminal justice record — along with what many saw as her inability to address long-running accusations of racism inside the Minneapolis police force and her failure to bring charges against multiple officers involved in shootings during her time as a top prosecutor — had led some inside the Democratic Party to outright say they would question Biden’s judgment and commitment to Black voters if he picked Klobuchar as his running mate.
She insisted that Biden could bring the country together and build a coalition of Democrats, independents and Republicans “because we do not in our party want to just eke by a victory. We want to win big.” In her concession speech, Klobuchar replaced her own name with Biden’s.”I think you know you have a home with Joe Biden,” she said, altering a popular stump line.
“But I’m not making that commitment. I’m going to make that judgment after in fact this group goes through interviewing all these people,” he said.
This story has been updated to include additional reaction and background information.
CNN’s Dan Merica contributed to this report.