In a new Op-Ed for “The Hill” author Bill press argues that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice would be well suited to step in as POTUS if she were Joe Biden’s VP.
Rice has said she would “certainly say yes” if asked to be Biden’s running mate.
Rice: …if that were the role in which he felt I could best serve, then I'm not going to say no. pic.twitter.com/zSG15gL9Mx
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) May 14, 2020
Rice is currently not very high on the list of predicted running mates for Biden according to the betting markets of PredictIt.
But anything can happen between now and Biden’s pick and she could be a “sleeper.”
In a piece titled “Press: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS,” Bill Press writes:
For Biden, having vowed to choose a woman, the questions are: Are there any skeletons in her closet we don’t know about? Could she help deliver a key swing state? Is she a good campaigner who will excite the Democratic base and inspire people to vote? Does she appeal to independent voters? Is she someone Biden feels comfortable with? And, most importantly, does she have the kind of experience that leaves no doubt that, if anything happened to Biden, she could step into the position of president?
On that latter test, nobody has better credentials than former national security advisor Susan Rice – and this at a time when we’ve never had a greater need for leaders who understand what the federal government’s role is and how to use the combined might of agencies of government to serve the public.
Which is not to say Biden doesn’t have other strong candidates. Indeed, Biden’s lucky he has such an outstanding field to choose from. In a sense, he can’t go wrong. In addition to Rice, those we know he’s considering include three U.S. senators with presidential campaign experience: Kamala Harris (Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.); another senator who’s a former state attorney general, Nevada’s Catherine Cortez-Masto; two governors with executive experience: Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer and New Mexico’s Michelle Lujan Grisham; a former police chief, now member of Congress from Florida, Val Demings; and two local leaders: Stacey Abrams, former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives; and Keisha Lance Bottoms, mayor of Atlanta.
Each one of them brings certain advantages to the table. Any one of them would be a good and historic pick. But none of them can match the executive and diplomatic experience of Susan Rice. She’s spent the last three decades dealing with complex policy issues, working with Congress, negotiating with foreign leaders, and carrying out the wishes of a president. She knows how government and diplomacy work. She knows how to get stuff done.
Rice’s entire life and career, in fact, has been dedicated to public service. She first served in the Clinton administration as director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping and director for African Affairs in the National Security Office and, later, unanimously confirmed by the Senate, as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. As part of her portfolio, she directed America’s response to the crises in Somalia and Rwanda. After successfully dealing with the Ebola crisis, she also established, at the NSC, the Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense – which Trump dismantled in 2018.
…Coming out of the worst public health crisis and the worst economic crisis this country has ever faced, Biden will face an incredible challenge in getting America back on track. He needs somebody alongside of him who can hit the ground running. He could find no better teammate than Susan Rice.