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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has remained largely outside the public view amidst the coronavirus pandemic, but the campaign has continued to eye potential candidates for the former vice president’s 2020 running mate.

While there is no evidence the campaign has made a final decision, the New York Post reports that Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who ran in the presidential primary as an outspoken Democratic moderate, has been emerging as a favorite among some campaign and party insiders.

According to the exclusive report, a Biden campaign insider recently told the news agency that Klobuchar “could be No. 1” on the former VP’s shortlist. Another party insider, a person who works in the Senate, told the news agency that Klobuchar was the stand-out candidate for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The news agency reports that senior party insiders also believe that Klobuchar has the best shot at joining Biden’s 2020 presidential ticket. In descending order of likelihood, party insiders also told the Post that Governor Gretchen Whimter (D-MI), Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) also still have a shot at joining the ticket.

Since endorsing Biden last month, Klobuchar has drawn strong buzz as a potential running mate for the former vice president. As The Daily Wire previously reported, the Minnesota senator accidentally told a crowd of Biden supporters last month that she “couldn’t think of a better way to end my candidacy than to join the ticket.”

Although the crowd reportedly cheered after the statement, Klobuchar immediately clarified that she was joining the campaign, not the ticket itself. The remark drew the attention of NBC reporter Amanda Golden, who noted that the senator’s verbal slip-up seemed to be a “bit of a Freudian slip.”

Back at the February debate, Klobuchar was the only candidate to raise their hand after the moderator asked whether any of seven primary candidates would be concerned with a self-described democratic socialist at the top of the ticket in November.

During an interview with CBS News, Klobuchar criticized the other candidates for not speaking out against socialism, but also indicated that she has a friendly working relationship with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

“The question should be why didn’t everyone else raise their hand,” remarked Klobuchar, reports RealClearPolitics. “I am troubled by having a socialist lead our ticket.”

“I like Bernie, we are friends, he would tell you that as well. We have worked together on prescription drug prices and the like,” said Klobuchar. “But I think a candidate like me, who is able to actually bring in ideas and get them done, and as I’ve said so many times, people are tired of the extremes in our politics and the noise and the nonsense, that they have a home with me. That to me is the ticket of winning big.”

Sanders has since suspended his campaign, but has not explicitly endorsed Biden for president, reports Fox News. The Democratic Socialists of America has also refused to endorse the former vice president.

Author: Eric Quintanar

Source: Daily Wire: Report: Dem Insiders Say Amy Klobuchar Current Favorite For Biden’s VP Pick

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made good on his promise to supply ventilators to domestic hospitals, announcing on Monday that he had acquired 1,255 of the FDA-approved breathing machines from China, where the coronavirus originated.

In a Twitter post, Musk revealed that the purchase and shipment was done so quickly because of coordination between the Tesla team in China and customs officials in both countries.

“China had an oversupply, so we bought 1,255 FDA-approved Resmed, Phillips & Medtronic ventilators on Friday night & airshipped them to LA,” tweeted Musk. “If you want a free ventilator installed, please let us know!”

The ventilator donation shows a massive investment in the United States hospital system, particularly due to the cost and rarity of ventilators. Medical technology manufacturer Medtronic estimates that new ventilators can cost between $5,000 and $50,000, depending on the model.

In a press conference on Monday evening, Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) lauded Musk’s acquisition and subsequent donation as a “heroic effort,” reports Newsweek.

“Elon Musk, how about this?” said Newsom, reports the news agency. “I told you a few days ago that he was likely to have a thousand ventilators this week. They arrived in Los Angeles and [Musk] is already working with the hospital association and others to get those ventilators out in real time. It’s a heroic effort.”

While The Sacramento Bee reports that state officials have declined to disclose the number of ventilators at California hospitals, the donation represents a noticeable increase to the domestic ventilator supply.

According to The New York Times, there are approximately 160,000 ventilators in U.S. hospitals. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House coronavirus expert, told CNN last week that the country has an additional 12,700 machines in an emergency “stockpile,” but cautioned that a potential worst-case scenario could still mean shortages.

“If you don’t have enough ventilators, it’s obvious people who need it will not be able to get it. That’s when you’re going to have to make some very tough decisions,” said Dr. Fauci.

According to CNN, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) announced Monday that New York hospitals would begin experiments to determine whether ventilators could be split to serve more than one patient.

“It’s difficult to perform, it’s experimental, but at this point we have no alternative,” said Cuomo. “Picture two hospital beds, two people in bed, one ventilator between the two of them, but with two sets of tubes, two sets of pipes going to the two patients.”

“Again it’s experimental, but necessity is the mother of invention and we are working on this as we speak,” said Cuomo. “Life is options, and we don’t have any other options.”

Over the weekend, President Trump authorized Tesla, Ford and General Electric to begin manufacturing ventilators and other medical equipment. According to Reuters, the companies have stepped up to the challenge, with GE and Ford already starting to develop a simplified design.

“We’ve been in regular dialogue with federal, state and local officials to understand the areas of greatest needs,” said Jim Hackett, chief executive of Ford, reports the news agency.

Author: Eric Quintanar

Source: Daily Wire: Elon Musk Buys Massive Ventilator Stockpile From China, Donates It To U.S. Hospitals

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