Joe Biden has vowed that he will select a woman as his running mate in the upcoming presidential election.
Major news outlets like CNN have linked controversial Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Senator Kamala Harris (who torched Biden during the Democratic debates), and even former rival Elizabeth Warren to Biden.
But there’s one woman you probably haven’t heard of. In fact, she’s been flying under the radar for some time.
But this ‘rising star’ has the attention of Vegas oddsmakers and she is surging to the top of their list of VP favorites.
Florida Congresswoman Val Demings.
According to The Daily Wire, the 63-year-old Democrat is a former career law enforcement officer, serving as chief of police in Orlando, FL, for four years before entering politics. After a couple electoral losses, Demings won the Florida 10th congressional district seat in 2016, then ran unopposed two years later.
In January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi picked Demings to serve as one of seven impeachment managers in the Senate trial of President Trump.
Now Vegas is taking notice.
According to the report, as early as last Friday her odds were +2000 to be on the Democratic ticket. But by the following weekend, she was all the way up to +1200, according to bookies.com.
As of this week, the 2020 Democratic vice presidential betting odds were:
But here’s where things get interesting…
Demings is from Florida… a huge swing state in the upcoming election.
AND, Demings (along with Harris, Obama, and Abrams) is black.
According to Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York said this week that Biden faces “increasing pressure” to pick a black woman.
“He has already said that he’s guaranteed to choose a woman,” York said on Fox News. “And he’s under increasing pressure now for it to be a woman of color.”
Political pundits and pollsters are predicting that Biden could be under a lot of pressure to pick a black female as his running mate in 2020 after he recently told a black radio host that “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Biden tried to walk back his “you ain’t black” comment, expressing regret for his remarks during a phone conversation with The U.S. Black Chambers Inc., last Friday.
“The bottom line of all of this perhaps I was much too cavalier,” Biden said. “I know that the comments have come off like I was taking the African-American vote for granted but nothing could be further from the truth … I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy.”
We’ll see what happens with Biden’s VP selection. But keep an eye on Demings.