Klobuchar withdraws from Biden VP contention

Klobuchar withdraws from Biden VP contention
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats: A moment in history, use it wisely The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE (D-Minn.) announced late Thursday night that she was removing herself from contention to be chosen as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire MORE's running mate, saying the slot should go to a woman of color.

“I’ve never commented on this process at all but after what I’ve seen in my state, what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment, and America must seize on this moment, and I truly believe ... I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket,” Klobuchar told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.

“And there are so many incredibly qualified women, but if you want to heal this nation … this is sure a hell of a way to do it,” she added.

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The senator's announcement comes as the country continues to grapple with the issues of racial inequality, police brutality and the deaths of several black Americans including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and Ahmaud Arbery. 

The police killing of Floyd prompted nationwide protests, with demonstrators demanding lawmakers take up police reform measures. 

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Biden senior adviser Symone SandersSymone SandersSunday shows - Bolton's bombshell book reverberates Symone Sanders: 'Appalling' testing comment was 'most damning thing' from Trump rally Sunday shows preview: Bolton delivers bombshell while US tackles COVID-19, police brutality MORE seemingly confirmed the retraction and credited Klobuchar for her advocacy for the Biden campaign, quipping "I hope you know this doesn’t get you out of any Women for Biden events especially in Minnesota!"

Klobuchar was reported to be one of several candidates being vetted for consideration for a running mate by the Biden campaign. During a democratic primary debate, Biden pledged to name a woman as his vice president.

The Minnesota senator has recently come under increased scrutiny after the death of Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis, with initial reports falsely claiming that as a prosecutor, she was responsible for the failure to charge former officer Derek Chauvin for a 2006 shooting.

Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. 

The spotlight has also fallen on Klobuchar’s handling of the case of Myon Burrell, a black man sentenced to life in prison as a teenager in the killing of an 11-year-old girl, after an Associated Press review found a “myriad [of] inconsistencies” in the case against him.

Klobuchar is not the only candidate to remove herself from contention.

Both Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) have done the same in recent weeks. Remaining contenders include Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsLiberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP Democrats seize on Florida pandemic response ahead of general election Progressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate MORE (D-Fla.). The Hill has reached out to Warren, Harris and Demings for comment.