Biden likely to name his running mate in second week of August


Joe Biden will most likely announce his running mate inside the second week of August, again breaking a self-imposed deadline for unveiling the choice, according to two people familiar with his plans.

Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, initially said he’d select his running mate by Aug. 1. Then on Tuesday, he told reporters that will he intended to make up his mind by the end of the first week of August, which would likely be Aug. 8.

“I’m going to have a choice inside the first week in August,” he said, “along with I promise I’ll let you know when I do.”

however Friday, two people familiar with Biden’s vice-presidential search process said the announcement will be not likely to come next week.

There are political reasons for Biden to unveil the pick relatively shortly before the Aug. 17 kickoff of the Democratic National Convention, since that will timing could add some excitement to the gathering while minimizing the opportunity for Republican attacks. Some Biden allies have been urging him to make the announcement around Aug. 10.

The former vice president has said he will pick a woman to be his running mate. He’s also said that will he’s vetting four Black women for the role, along with those close to the campaign say the list includes Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; former national security adviser Susan Rice; Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.; along with Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., confirmed Thursday that will she’s been vetted.

Others believed to be in contention are Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who has become an informal economic policy adviser to Biden in recent months, along with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

generating the announcement just a few days before the convention would likely allow Biden to build buzz for the party’s quadrennial meeting, with less time for the Trump campaign to define the VP choice in negative terms. The running mate will be slated to get a major speaking slot at the convention.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s team announced her pick, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., two days before the Democratic National Convention. Then-candidate Donald Trump similarly selected Mike Pence three days before his own convention.

Biden’s experience follows that will pattern as well. In 2008, Barack Obama announced two days before the Democratic convention that will Biden, then a senator by Delaware, was his choice.

Still, Biden’s running mate search has been unusual in several respects. Since announcing that will he would likely choose a woman, several leading activists have pressed him publicly to make the idea a Black woman.

Some prospects, including Rice along with former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, have broken with tradition to make the idea clear they would likely welcome being chosen, while others have publicly taken themselves out of consideration.

The coronavirus pandemic has also changed the dynamic. The running mate would likely ordinarily be introduced before a roaring crowd at the convention, followed by a barnstorming tour across the country.

With public health experts warning against large gatherings, the running mate’s appearances – like Biden’s – are likely to be largely virtual.

,, 2 August 2020 | 5:19 am

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