While he is expected to make a decision next week, Biden is unlikely to publicly announce who he chooses until the second week of August, according to a source familiar with the process.
Still, as the decision draws near, here’s a look at who Biden is considering and why.
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The California senator has long been considered Biden’s top running mate. Harris would be the first black woman and the first Native American woman to have such a position on a ticket, which would make her a historic choice.
Most Democrats also view Harris as a safe choice; someone who would be ready to serve as president and who would answer calls for that Democratic ticket to represent the diversity of the party.
At the same time, there are some reasons why Biden might not choose her.
For starters, she and Biden memorably clashed on the debate stage last summer, and there have been recent reports that some in Biden’s orbit may hold a grudge.
Last week, it was reported that former Sen. Chris Dodd, who is on Biden’s vice presidential search committee, was surprised by Harris’ response when asked why she chose to launch an attack on Biden into the debate.
“She laughed and said, ‘This is politics’. She had no remorse, ”Dodd said, according to Politico.
But a Biden ally said the former vice president was quickly out of the ambush after the debate and the comments would not influence his decision-making.
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Biden has spoken to the Massachusetts senator a few times in recent months because he wanted to incorporate some of his political ideas. Biden, for example, has had some help from Warren when it comes to preparing a hefty economic proposal that he has unveiled in recent weeks.
“It’s a testament to Warren’s attention to detail and political savvy,” said a Biden ally.
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At the same time, some Democrats are skeptical that Biden would choose Warren. With a big lead in some polls, they say choosing the senator would be too risky. And in the wake of the racial equality protests, they say Biden should pick a woman of color.
The former national security adviser ticks all the boxes on Biden’s wishlist for his running mate. Relatives of the former vice president say Rice is a logical choice for Biden, mainly because he worked so closely alongside him as vice president and said he preferred a running mate who is “simpatico with me”.
“When he says he wants someone ready to be president on day one, she does the trick,” Biden’s ally said.
Some Democrats fear that a choice of rice will reignite Republican discussions on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. In 2012, Rice appeared on several Sunday talk shows, claiming that the attack on the consulate was the result of a protest turned violent instead of a planned terrorist attack. The administration later concluded that it was a terrorist attack.
Democrats are also concerned that Rice’s never standing for election may be a flaw, especially in a political climate where anything goes.
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The California congressman’s stock has grown with Team Biden in recent weeks during the later stages of the research, with various members of Congress, including the Speaker of the House. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Unemployment Benefits Expire As Coronavirus Speaks Out Of Stalemate | Meadows, Pelosi slam trade over stalled stimulus talks | Coronavirus Recession Hits Social Security, Medicare, and Pelosi Highway Funding: Trump Tries To ‘Suppress Voting’ With Attacks On Mail-In Ballots Pelosi Defends Cannabis In Coronavirus Response: ” It’s therapy »MORE (D-Calif.) Vouch for her.
Biden’s allies believe Bass, who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, has gained favor internally because she is widely viewed as a popular congressman who could be a drama-free and risk-free selection for Biden.
The Sacramento Bee released an unsigned op-ed on Friday asking Biden to choose Bass over Harris.
“If Biden chooses a California vice president, he probably won’t choose Karen Bass,” the board wrote. “Clearly, however, the community activist whose passion for service has led others to recruit her into electoral politics is the best choice.
The big question surrounding Bass is whether she is ready for the job.
“Going from congressman to vice president and maybe president is a big step forward,” another Biden ally said.
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The Illinois junior senator earned a spot on Biden’s shortlist because she embodies American patriotism, something close and dear to Biden.
The veteran who lost both legs in the Iraq war and received the Purple Heart met Biden and his wife, Jill, while working as assistant secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The two Bidens became involved in issues and policies concerning veterans.
She was also named the most effective first-term Democratic senator at the 115th Congress by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a partnership between Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia.
But some of Biden’s allies have expressed doubts about his strength on economic issues, which is and will continue to be one of the central issues with the country facing record unemployment.