Why Biden Should Pick Susan Rice for VP

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Chido Nwangwu, Founder of USAfrica multimedia networks and public policy organization, makes a strong case for former American National Security Adviser, Susan Rice to pair, Democratic Party presidential candidate, Joseph Biden, as Vice President

As the U.S presidential campaigns enter the first week of August 2020, a very important decision will be made by the Democratic Party candidate, Mr. Joseph Biden.

It will be his choice of a vice presidential running mate. It is familiar territory for him having served as vice president to the first African-American president of United States, Mr. Barack Obama.

The position of VP has been described in various ways. One of my favorite quotes is the one by John Nance Garner which describes it as “A spare tire on the automobile of government.”

In terms of options, Biden has promised Americans that he will pick a woman. Biden should not only pick a woman; he should pick a very capable woman.

it is important to note that the November 3 presidential election will be impacted by the inevitable mix of the high death tally from coronavirus with harsh business climate. I will separate the trees from the forest, by noting that the election, in the context of health security and the devastating economic impact, will become a national security election.

Consequently, my first pick for Vice President is the 55 years-old, ready-to-lead African-American woman who served from 2013 to 2017 during the presidency of Barack Obama as the 24th United States National Security Adviser.and the 27th ambassador to the United Nations, from 2009 to 2013.

She is Susan Elizabeth Rice, born November 17, 1964. She is, in my view, an excellent and familiar and trusted deputy for Joe Biden. She’s a realistic and battle tested international security specialist fit for these complex and especially dangerous environments.

I recall that the first time I met Ambassador Rice was in March 1998; I was in South Africa on assignment as Publisher of USAfricaonline.com reporting then President Bill Clinton’s launch of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Plus, Clinton’s historic, joint tour with the late, great Nelson Mandela of the jail cell and prison yard of the Robben Island where Mandela had been jailed by the racist apartheid rulers.
She was, during that trip, the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.
Those events are analyzed, contextually, in my forthcoming November 2020 book, ‘MLK, Mandela & Achebe: Power, Leadership and Identity. 3GreatMen.com’

At the end of the day, the top of the ticket determines the electoral advantages and outcomes.
Rarely, if ever, do Americans insist that the vice presidential candidates are determinative and fundamental factors regarding how they vote.
Therefore, presidential candidates and their strategists/handlers mostly follow the Number Rne Rule inside campaigns and politics: it’s a competitive game of addition, not subtraction.

The choice of a vice presidential candidate could be elevated as a signal to influential social, faith, ideological, racialregional regional or economic segments of the society. That is, a move targeting a potent demographic. However, for an election so close, statistically, a complicated, “wrong pick” could be a drag on Biden.

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Consequently, my first pick for Vice President is the 55 years-old, ready-to-lead African-American woman who served from 2013 to 2017 during the presidency of Barack Obama as the 24th United States National Security Adviser.and the 27th ambassador to the United Nations, from 2009 to 2013. She is Susan Elizabeth Rice, born November 17, 1964. She is, in my view, an excellent and familiar and trusted deputy for Joe Biden. She’s a realistic and battle tested international security specialist fit for these complex and especially dangerous environments