It turned out that traditionally conservative seniors would help propel Mr. Biden to the presidency, and he had a stronger appeal during the primary campaign among black voters than any of his rivals.
Now on the verge of entering the White House, Mr Biden has signaled his intention to bring his loyal team together again with the eagerness of a coach rallying his team for one final game. Last week, he appointed Mr. Vilsack as his choice for the post of Secretary of Agriculture. He chose Mr. Kerry for a prominent climate post. And Antony J. Blinken, a longtime aide to Mr. Biden who was spotted in Iowa with him, is now his choice for secretary of state.
While Mr Biden’s picks so far underscore his experience and deep bench of lasting relationships, it‘s also a stark reminder of his roots in an older, whiter generation that has at times seemed at odds with the energy. of the current Democratic Party. .
He might not have won the youth crowds a year ago, but he is, his team insists, determined to empower the next generation of Democratic leaders.
In a briefing with the news media on Friday, new White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki was keen to highlight the young members of Mr Biden’s team. Mr Biden has also appointed a number of people of color to senior cabinet positions, including as heads of the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, even as he faces intense pressure from some. members of his own party who think he needs more people of color in leadership positions. .
Not everyone who helped him, even in Iowa, is an administrative choice so far, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who joined Mr Kerry on the bus tour.
Mr Kerrey also said he was not on Mr Biden’s list.
“There are a lot of people who have endorsed Joe Biden and who will not be in his cabinet,” he said. “You speak to only one.
Thomas Kaplan contributed to the reporting.