Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump takes pandemic fight to MichiganMSNBC political analyst Karine Jean-Pierre joins Biden campaignPoll: Older voters slip from Trump; younger voters turn away from BidenMORE has asked Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOn The Money: GOP senators heed Fed chair’s call for more relief | Rollout of new anti-redlining laws spark confusion in banking industry | Nearly half of American households have lost employment income during pandemicHillicon Valley: Trump threatens Michigan, Nevada over mail-in voting | Officials call for broadband expansion during pandemic | Democrats call for investigation into Uber-Grubhub dealDemocratic senators call on regulators to investigate potential Uber-Grubhub dealMORE (D-Minn.) to undergo vetting to be a potential running mate, according to a person with knowledge of the discussion.
The person did not provide details on the discussion, which was first reported on Thursday by CBS News. A spokesperson for the Biden campaign declined to comment on the matter.
Its not yet clear if Klobuchar has consented to the vetting, which would delve deep into her private and public life to uncover any potential weaknesses or vulnerabilities as a vice presidential candidate. The vetting process will be handled by a select committee led by former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and longtime Biden adviser Cynthia Hogan.
Biden has already pledged to choose a woman as his running mate and is said to be considering around a dozen potential candidates. Among the potential candidates is Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Pence visits Orlando as all 50 states reopenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Mnuchin, Powell: Economy may need more boost; Trump defends malaria drugDemocrats lobby Biden on VP choiceMORE (D-Fla.) and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said this week that she has had an opening conversation with the Biden campaign about the running mate slot.
If Biden were to choose Klobuchar as his running mate, he would add a fellow moderate to the Democratic ticket a move that may help win over some independents and centrists, but one that would almost certainly anger liberals, who are pushing Biden to choose a progressive as his running mate.