Now that Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee, tracking the strongest vice presidential picks for each potential candidate has lost a bit of its luster. I put out a piece regarding the strongest picks for Biden, but because all of the code was still lying around, we’ve reverted the vice presidential tracker back to its original state and added some extras to play with for posterity’s sake.
Originally the tracker gave you the option to choose from one of the eight qualifying candidates running in the Democratic primary:
- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
- Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
- Businessman Tom Steyer
- Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Businessman Andrew Yang
After you made your selection, it would run whoever you selected through every single potential vice presidential candidate in the system, allowing you to explore who could get the highest potential score, who Warren’s strongest VP picks might be, or whether former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (yes, he’s actually in there) was a good VP match for anyone (he’s not). I have stood this back up so that all of these former candidates are included — and as an added bonus, I’ve added every other major candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.1 So, if you’re curious about who Montana Governor Steve Bullock should have chosen if he’d have just listened to me, or how strong that Marianne Williamson – Beto O’Rourke ticket really would have been (not strong at all), or just want to see if anyone ought to have chosen Hillary Clinton as their running mate (there are two, and I love them), check it out.
Finally, now that the primary is effectively over and Biden is the last man standing, we’ve moved Biden’s top picks over to where the universal ranking was. You may recall that this was previously illustrating who the strongest vice presidential picks were given each primary candidate’s odds of winning the nomination. Now that Biden’s odds are 100% this will reflect solely Biden’s strongest potential running mates, and we’ve renamed it accordingly for a quick glance at who Biden should consider. Remember this is a strength rating, not a prediction, but I talk a bit more about that and why they still fall in line with a lot of predictions in my last piece on Biden’s strongest picks.
So, enjoy — don’t expect Biden’s top picks to change much unless there are big swings in the generic ballot; and have fun finding your dream 2020 Democratic ticket.