Kamala Harris: The selection (Part 2)

At that point investigations and interviews began.

For each of the women who remained in the running a group of 12 lawyers, was set up.

The lawyers sent each potential candidate a list of more than 160 different documents to provide. From tax returns to assets, their own and their immediate family members’ tax returns. And also from medical and health information from their family, to legal information about ongoing lawsuits. Any police arrests and employment and counselling relationships of themselves and their loved ones. And it’s not over. Their questions were about places where they went to speak, people from whom they have received electoral favours and donations in the course of their lives. 

They have literally lifted every stone, as the Americans say, rummaging all over these people’s lives. That is what the press and opponents would inevitably do with the person who would be chosen, from the moment of the announcement.

No presidential candidate wants to find out in October that the vice presidential candidate, in an interview twenty years ago, said something questionable. Or that ten years ago one of her employees was badly fired. Or that her husband was arrested ten times for drunk driving. Or that her son plays weird games with cryptocurrency. Or that her sister cheated on the college entrance exam. Or that her brother was accused of workplace harassment. 

All of these things not necessarily lead to a loss of grades, even if there is always risk, but they can be a distraction. Unnecessary distractions that take the public’s attention away from what the candidate wants it to focus on instead.

Back to the selection process, while this hundred or so lawyers were receiving and examining the mountain of material, each of the 11 potential candidates had new interviews with the four people on the Biden Select Committee.

During these interviews, they were asked to explain their political positions and personal history, how they would respond to this or that criticism. What they thought a vice-president should do, what their priorities were. Who would react better and who would react worse to their possible choice, what their weaknesses were. 

But there were also more unexpected questions, for example: who would you choose, excluding yourself? What do you think Donald Trump’s nickname will be for you?

A whole series of questions that served to find the perfect candidate. 

If you want to know more, about the selection process for the Vice Presidency candidate went, read the third part of the story. See you soon!

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