Biden says he’ll pick his running mate next week


The former vice president’s comment came at a press conference following a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. Asked by CNN if he will meet the finalists for the role in person, Biden said, “We’ll see. ”

Biden has said he will choose a vice presidential candidate and has faced pressure within the party to choose a woman of color.

His campaign’s verification process took place amid the coronavirus pandemic, making meetings that could get Biden to get to know those who are considered more difficult.

Noting that news crews were stationed outside his home in Delaware, Biden joked that he “will try to figure out how to fool you all so I can meet them in person.”

“I don’t think it matters, actually,” he said.Shortly after landing the Democratic nomination, Biden had targeted early August to select a running mate. On Tuesday, he said the selection would be made in the first week of August.

His comments on Tuesday did not indicate when Biden will publicly announce his selection. But it is almost certain that he will do so before the start of the Democratic National Convention on August 17 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Two of Biden’s former main rivals, California Senator Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, are said to be in consideration for the Democratic ticket.

Other people who were considered included former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Florida Rep. Val Demings, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, California Representative Karen Bass, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth and Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin.


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