Biden advisers mull launch naming Abrams as running mate: report

Advisers to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Hickenlooper laughs off lack of recognition by security guard at Democratic debate MORE are reportedly considering a 2020 presidential campaign launch announcement naming Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams as his running mate.

Axios reported Thursday that Biden’s aides think pairing him with Abrams, a rising Democratic star who fought a tough gubernatorial campaign late last year, would show he is not “just another old white guy."

Biden, 76, has not yet jumped into the race, but would join a pool of Democrats historically diverse in age, race and gender.


Abrams, 45, was ultimately unsuccessful in her bid for Georgia governor, but she has maintained a national profile and delivered the Democratic response to President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE’s State of the Union address in February.

It was reported last week that the former vice president is considering an early VP selection for his campaign and has discussed the possibility with his advisers and other top party figures.

According to Axios, Biden’s advisers are on the fence about an early announcement, expressing concern that announcing Abrams as a running mate could be seen as a “gimmick” and could open Biden up to criticism that he is overlooking his fellow Democratic candidates as possible VPs.

The former vice president’s office declined to comment to Axios.

Biden and Abrams met last week as rumors swirled of both candidates entering the race. Abrams has met with a number of other 2020 Democrats as well, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDon't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Poll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place Senate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs MORE, (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place 2020 Dems say they will visit Homestead facility holding migrant children Warren visits migrant care shelter, says children being marched 'like little prisoners' MORE (Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker calls for hearings on reports of ICE using solitary confinement Poll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate MORE (N.J.).

Abrams said earlier this month that under a previous career plan, 2028 had been the earliest she would consider a run for president. She quickly added that a run in 2020 is "definitely on the table."