Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care Presented by PCMA Trump signals easing coronavirus restrictions | Tensions boil over as Senate fails to advance stimulus bill | Pelosi previews .5T House stimulus packageThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden seeks to counter Trump on coronavirusLargest public sector union endorses BidenMORE suggested Tuesday that he is keeping a running list of potential vice presidential picks that includes more than a dozen women.
There is a short list meaning somewhere between theres about 12 and 15 women who I think would be qualified to be president tomorrow, Biden said during an appearance on ABCs “The View.”
“I think were going to narrow to 11, he added. Were going to start vetting soon.
We are going to start vetting soon and there is a shortlist, Joe Biden tells @TheView on female VP picks, adding they plan to narrow the list down to about 11.
Biden adds that he doesnt want to start to name people and then raise expectations. https://t.co/VJfYAT2rJfpic.twitter.com/Vh2AuI9tJ4
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Bidens remarks came more than a week after he vowed to choose a woman as his running mate should he clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.
Hes made clear in the past that he has his own criteria for choosing a running mate, insisting its important to choose someone with whom he is simpatico a point he reiterated Tuesday.
I just need to make sure that whomever I pick assuming Im the nominee, which is not the case yet that that person is simpatico with where I want to take the nation in terms of domestic and foreign policy, he said. And I think there are a number of women who are in that category.
Biden also said that he has at least four black women in mind as potential Supreme Court justice nominees, though he did name any of them.
Exactly whom Biden is eyeing as a potential running mate is still unclear, though there are a handful of names that have drawn speculation, including Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats press for more stimulus funding to boost mail-in votingPreparing for November’s election must be a national priorityThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Tensions flare with senators deadlocked over stimulus MORE (D-Minn.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisProgressive advocates propose T ‘green stimulus’ planJuan Williams: Biden’s promises on women are a big dealWhy Klobuchar should be Biden’s vice presidential pickMORE (D-Calif.), as well as Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsJuan Williams: Biden’s promises on women are a big dealWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate?Biden allies see Warren as potential running mateMORE (D-Fla.) and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).
Biden hasnt won the 1,991 delegates he needs to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, though he has built a nearly insurmountable delegate lead over his only remaining rival, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAgainst the coronavirus corporate bailoutThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden seeks to counter Trump on coronavirusLargest public sector union endorses BidenMORE (I-Vt.).
The pace of the nominating contest has slowed in recent weeks as the coronavirus outbreak has prompted candidates to cancel in-person campaign events and state officials to postpone scheduled primary elections.
But there are signs that Biden is beginning to act like the presumptive Democratic nominee. In addition to beginning his search for a running mate, he is planning to deliver briefings on the coronavirus to act as counter-messaging to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin, Schumer brief Trump, expect coronavirus stimulus deal TuesdayUS airlines drafting plans for potential shutdown: reportWhite House hits CNN, MSNBC for cutting away from coronavirus briefingMOREs daily briefings on the crisis.