Alleged Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is more pressured than ever to choose a black woman as his partner, but several other names are still hanging around.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, the first Latino in the United States to be elected as the state’s top executive, is still shortlisted and becomes Biden’s vice president, according to experts.
Luzhana Grisham’s government experience and her deep health and aging knowledge can lend credibility to the Biden campaign, as she presents an alternative vision of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. And as a Latin American, Lujan Grisham could help support the crucial electoral blocs that will appear in November.
“The governor talked with the Biden campaign about how it can best support the campaign, increase voter turnout and ensure Democrat victory,” spokeswoman Lujan Grisham told CNBC. “These conversations are ongoing.”
Long-standing focus on health
Health care has long been a major concern for Lujan Grisham. The medical battles in her own family incurred the enormous costs that may arise from long-term care, and instilled in her a zealous commitment to improving the medical care of her staff.
Luzhana Grisham’s sister, Kimberly, died at age 21 after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 2 years old. Her parents reportedly spent decades pay off the debt accumulated from her departure.
In 1997, Lujan Grisham made headlines when, as the head of the New Mexico State Agency for Aging, she began working undercover in a state nursing home after hearing complaints about institutions. it reportedly faked a stroke and checked herself in the center, where she was neglected for hours and things were stolenShe later touted a sting operation in her congress and governor the campaign,
Luzhana Grisham’s husband died in 2004 from a brain aneurysm, just a few weeks before she began as the New Mexico Minister of Health. Lujan Grisham, a mother of two, sued her husband’s doctor, who was subsequently rejected. She remained in this role until 2007.
At the beginning of her first term in Congress in 2013, Lujan Grisham faced another crisis in family health when her mother got sickLujan Grisham looked after her mother, forcing the new Congresswoman to balance her legislative work with her responsibilities as the main trustee.
Her experience in healthcare and the elderly moved her for three terms in Congress. Nearly a quarter of the bills she sponsored were for healthcare, according to GovTrack Analysis,
“This is the place to be really persistent. You need to know what is at stake, ”said Lujan Grisham. Politico in 2013“But I’m tenacious, especially when I know that people’s lives are at stake.”
Respond to the crisis
Lujan Grisham’s many years of healthcare experience was tested during the Covid 19 crisis, and she received praise from the Democrats for their decisive response.
New Mexico’s status as one of the poorest states in the country among smallest number of hospital beds per capita put him at high risk. But this danger has so far been avoided: as of Monday, the affairs of New Mexico were in declineeven though an increasing number of states are reporting an increase in infections.
University of New Mexico Disease Specialist Helen Nose told the New York Times that “hundreds of lives were saved due to what the staff did at an early stage, and that uses conservative estimates.”
This praise could give Lujan Grisham the edge in a possible discussion against Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force. Most Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s actions regarding the pandemic, according to ABC News / Ipsos Poll Released Sunday,
At least 10 565 cases of Covid-19 and 134 deaths have been confirmed in new mexico,
Lugan Grisham herself said in a recent interview with rolling stone that she learned the lessons that she learned as Minister of Health when she confronted the coronavirus.
“The significance of any infectious disease is not alien to me, and I know the danger of a pandemic. You are careful even if you don’t know everything you need to know. If there is no vaccine and no real treatment, then you better not communicate with people, ”she said.
“I took quick and very broad, decisive action, telling people to stay at home, close schools and narrow down the main enterprises. We quarantined people for 14 days. “We worked to measure the temperature of trucks entering and leaving the house.” the state also makes questionnaires about whether they were symptomatic. We really were aggressive at the forefront, and I believe that it definitely paid off where the state is today. ”
Lujan Grisham has gained a reputation as a stubborn fighter for her passionate projects – even politically unstable ones.
She entered the governor’s office after a resounding victory in the 2018 election – almost defeating Republican Steve Pearce 15 percentage pointsBut by mid-2019 her approval rating fell after she took a progressive stance on gun control and abortion.
She signed a law on weapons background check extension for almost all firearms sales. Politicians in more than two dozen districts out of 33 have departed from the law by signing the “Sanctuary of the Second Amendment” declaration in protest.
The following year, she signed the Red Flag Weapons Act, sheriffs warning that if they do not intend to enforce it, “they must resign from the position of law enforcement officer and leader in this community.”
She also attracted attention in her last year at the House of Representatives when, as chairman of the Spanish-language congressional assembly, she failed a two-party meeting at the White House with Trump on immigration issues.
“There are a couple of things in New Mexico that we are not talking about: abortion and immigration,” said Lonna Atkeson, a professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. “Sometimes someone picks it up, and it’s usually not good for them.”
Lujan Grisham also pushed for the repeal of a decade of the law against abortion, but in the State Senate, these efforts were unsuccessful, and eight members of her party voted against the cancellation. But Lujan Grisham did not give up, as reported a family planning event planned earlier this year in which the bill will be “skipped” as soon as it can gather votes.
“She has very national democratic views,” Atkeson said. “She’s ready to get down to business. She is strong and aggressive, but she also has this ideological side … She represents a kind of growing side of the Democratic Party. “
What brings Lujan to Grisham
Lujan Grisham has less national name recognition than other potential vice presidential candidates, and her staff voted solidly blue at last three presidential electionsBut she can still contribute racial and geographical diversity to the Democratic Party ticket, potentially helping Biden connect with key voting demographics.
During the civil unrest over the police assassination of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Biden was faced with growing calls to choose a black mate.
Political betting markets seem to think he is moving in that direction. Predict Rating show Senator Kamalu Harris of California, the head of the squad, followed by Rep. Val Demings of Florida and former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice. All three women are black.
But Trump exceeded expectations among Hispanics in the 2016 election against Democrat Hillary Clinton, and at least one recent survey shows more than a third of Hispanic voters did not run for office in 2020.
Chuck Rocha, strategist of the now defunct presidential campaign of the Democratic Party of Senator Bernie Sanders, said slate in may this Biden campaign “spent little time and money talking with Hispanic voters.”
Atkeson noted that black turnout in the 2016 elections has decreased since 2012 were key contributors to Clinton’s losses in Michigan and WisconsinBut Atkeson added that Biden would not base his No. 2 choice solely on an election map.
“He would get along well with her,” Atkeson said of Luzhana Grisham. “Perhaps she has a personal connection.”