Biden nearly chose Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to be his running mate. Instead, he went with the choice he knew was a better idea politically, Kamala Harris. Even though he, and especially his wife Jill, resented her for suggesting he was racist.
According to Fox News:
President Biden was “torn” about picking Vice President Harris as his running mate after describing her attack on him during a 2019 presidential debate as “f—ing bull—,” according to a new book on insider Democratic politics.
Biden was split between Harris and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to “Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump” by Edward-Isaac Dovere, which was released Tuesday.
Biden especially connected with Whitmer because they both had family members who died of the same kind of cancer.
“Two days before Biden announced Harris, he called [House Majority Whip Jim] Clyburn,” Dovere wrote. ‘I’m torn,’ he said, ‘between my head and my heart.’”
During a 2019 debate, Harris criticized comments by the former vice president spotlighting his ability to find common ground during the 1970s with segregationist senators with whom he disagreed, and over his opposition decades ago to federally mandated school busing.
“Do you agree today that you were wrong to oppose busing in America?” Harris asked Biden during the debate.
“There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.”