Former Pennsylvania governor: Biden nomination will be 'virtually clinched' after next Tuesday

Former Pennsylvania governor: Biden nomination will be 'virtually clinched' after next Tuesday
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Former Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell projected during an interview that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE’s bid for the Democratic nomination "will be virtually clinched after next Tuesday.”

“Unless something dramatic happens in that debate Sunday night.… the race for the nomination would be effectively over next Tuesday night, regardless of whether Sanders suspends his campaign or keeps it going until the convention,” Rendell said on John Catsimatidis’s radio show Sunday morning.

The comments come ahead of another group of nominating contests poised to take place this coming Tuesday. 

Biden, who is leading the Vermont senator in delegates after an extremely successful Super Tuesday and string of nominating contests thereafter, has yet to give a clear sign of who he is tapping as a running mate. 

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharManchin 'can't imagine' supporting change to filibuster for voting rights Hillicon Valley: Democrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation | Amazon fined 6M by EU regulators Democrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation MORE (D-Minn.), who dropped from the race right before Super Tuesday, has been floated as a potential pick. If elected, she would be the first female vice president in U.S. history. 

“Women are casting 56-57% of the vote. As a practical matter, I think Joe Biden would have to pick the woman candidate,” Rendell said. “My personal favorite would be Amy Klobuchar… Also a moderate, left-of-center candidate. 

Klobuchar had some impressive debate performances but failed to garner enough support to make her campaign viable. 

“I think she showed a good sense of humor during the primaries. She shows some real strength, Rendell added. “The ability to stand up on the fire. And she’s from the Midwest. We need somebody from the middle of the country because that’s where this election’s going to be decided.”

Rendell also pushed back on allegations from critics who claim the Democratic establishment has “rigged” the primary in Biden's favor.

“Joe Biden won this fair and square,” he said. “No one could say it was fixed … If the establishment was behind Joe Biden, why was he out of money on Super Tuesday?… He won it because people believe he’s a good guy with the right values, and he can turn the country to normalcy and decency … I think the Sanders people will have less reason to be angry this time than before."

Before Super Tuesday, Biden only won one state, South Carolina, and was behind other candidates, including Sanders, in terms campaign fundraising. 

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg (D), who endorsed Biden after pulling out of the race after a disappointing Super Tuesday, has said he’d use his fortune to help the Democratic nominee win against Trump.

Rendell said Bloomberg will play an integral role in Democrats’ efforts to unseat President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE in November. 

“I think it will be a real factor because our candidate could not in any way shape or form match Donald Trump for money in the fall,” Rendell said. “Donald Trump has a $250 million lead… We’d never be able to match that without Mike Bloomberg putting that money into the independent expenditure.”

John Catsimatidis is an investor in The Hill.