The presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden joked to Fox News on Saturday that he picked a running mate, before following up with a joke when asked who the choice was.
TJ Ducklo, the national press secretary for the Biden campaign, then tweeted that the exchange was “clearly a joke.”
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“When Vice President Biden makes a decision as to who his candidate is, he will let the American people know,” he said.
Asked earlier by Fox News in Delaware whether or not he chose a vice president, Biden replied, “Yes, I have it. ”
When Fox News asked who, Biden joked “you” in response. Initially, it wasn’t clear how serious Biden’s initial response, made during a bike ride through a state park, was.
Speculation is rife about Biden being chosen as the vice-presidential candidate, and an announcement is expected every day.
Biden confidants who spoke to Axios said the last two candidates are Senator Kamala Harris of California and Susan Rice, who served as national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama’s administration.
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Last week, Biden told reporters he would pick his party’s running mate by “the first week of August.” But a source familiar with the process told Fox News on Monday that “an announcement is not likely this week.”
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As the August 17 Democratic National Convention (DNC) approaches, a top Biden adviser said the former vice president would use next week to “hang out” with shortlisted candidates.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.