Up until now, Susan Rice might have not been perceived as a real threat to rivals in the vice-presidential race. But, there’s also no denying that the former national security advisor has a trump card -- her rapport with Joe Biden.

“He has seen her not just in good times but on really hard and challenging occasions,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama as per a media outlet.

While Jarrett reiterated that she’s staying out of endorsing political candidates, there was a certain glimmer of hope as she spoke of Rice. “There are a level and depth to her experience which would be a real asset,” added Jarrett.

While the Biden Campaign maintains a strict protocol that refuses to disclose his potential running mates, speculations ran amok after the news of Rice being vetted began doing the rounds. For the record, Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, a Biden campaign co-chair, reportedly confirmed the same, while also stating that Rice’s consideration as a possible running mate is “absolutely serious. And, in that case, California Sen. Kamala Harris -- her formidable political rival -- has much to worry about.

The 55-year-old American diplomat is fondly remembered as a boss who “valued differing opinions and constantly challenged her aides to pressure-test their arguments”. Colleagues also maintained that Rice was fiercely loyal and protective about the people she worked with. In a rather impassioned reveal of sorts; Meridith Webster, who worked as Rice’s deputy chief of staff, maintained that Rice had a streak of compassion and advised Webster to take off and spend time with her mother during a rather harrowing phase in her life.

“Take as much time as you want. When you come back, your job is here. If you don’t go now, you will regret this for the rest of your life,” recalled Webster, who then took a leave of absence to be by the side of her ailing mother  “If she hadn’t told me to do that, I don’t think I would have known to do it. It allowed me to have an end with my mother. It ended in a way that I have closure. Because of Susan, I don’t have regrets about this horrible time,” Webster added.

And, most of all, there’s an important pointer to be noted: Rice’s supporters have repeatedly dismissed assumptions that either Benghazi or unmasking claims backfire and come in the way of a Biden-Rice ticket.

Supporters are convinced that the allegations are “worn-out and unsubstantiated,” more so at a time when American voters are distraught by issues of greater importance: economy, the pandemic, and the like.

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