While campaigning on behalf of former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) had an embarrassing verbal flub when she accidentally told a crowd of Biden supporters that she was joining the ticket as the nominee’s vice president.
According to Amanda Golden of NBC News, Klobuchar had a “bit of a Freudian slip” when the former Democratic presidential candidate said she “couldn’t think of a better way to end my candidacy than join the ticket.”
After the statement, the crowd applauded the senator. Klobuchar, however, immediately backtracked, amending her remarks to note that she was joining the “terrific campaign of Joe Biden,” not the Democrats’ general election ticket itself.
Bit of a Freudian slip…while stumping for @JoeBiden just now in Grand Rapids, MI @amyklobuchar says she “couldn’t think of a better way to end my candidacy than join the ticket…” to big applause. She quickly corrected to say “join the terrific campaign of Joe Biden” pic.twitter.com/axoOR1cX9D
— Amanda Golden (@amandawgolden) March 7, 2020
Klobuchar dropped out of the primary race ahead of Super Tuesday, throwing her support behind Biden, which likely contributed to the former vice president’s success in her home state of Minnesota and potentially more places.
While the Biden campaign has not indicated that they have chosen a vice presidential nominee, Biden has told reporters previously that he wants a woman to accompany him on the ticket.
As the Daily Wire previously reported, Biden revealed during a town hall last November that he was considering four women for the slot. Although he declined to name them directly, fearing that “the press will think that’s who I picked,” Biden offered plenty of details to piece together who he was talking about.
Biden then described four women, starting with “the former assistant attorney general who got fired,” a reference to former Assistant AG Sally Yates, who was axed by President Trump after she refused to enforce his travel ban in early 2017.
Biden then suggested “the woman who should have been the governor of Georgia,” an overt reference to failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who has refused to fully concede the race she lost to Republican Brian Kemp by 55,000 votes, blaming supposed racist voter suppression despite no evidence to corroborate her claims….
The third and fourth potential running mates Biden floated were “the two senators from the state of New Hampshire,” a reference to Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Maggie Hassan (D).
However, the remarks were made shortly before Senator Kamala Harris (CA-D) dropped out of the race, and Business Insider recently reported that a Democratic operative working closely with the campaign believes Biden will pick the California Senator as his running mate.
“I’d be surprised if it wasn’t Kamala Harris,” the source told the news agency. “I actually think [she] is pretty pragmatic. I think Kamala Harris is closer to Joe Biden’s form of politics than she ever was to the stuff she was trying to do on the campaign.”
Biden has also acknowledged that Harris would be a potential choice for anything from the Supreme Court to a vice presidential nominee pick. But former Second Lady Jill Biden recently remarked that the California senator delivered a gut punch after she attacked Biden in a debate over forced bussing policies last year.
“Our son, Beau, spoke so highly of her and, you know, and how great she was,” said Jill Biden, referencing her late son. “And not that she isn’t, I’m not saying that. But it was just like a punch to the gut. It was a little unexpected.”
The report has been updated to clarify that Senator Amy Klobuchar misspoke when she told the crowd she was joining the ticket.