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Joe Biden revelation: Former VP launches running mate selection committee
Former vice president Joe Biden is set on the process of choosing a running mate for the upcoming elections in November as the presumptive Democratic nominee. Recently, Biden unveiled the members of the committee that will be choosing his running mate.
Politico reports that the Biden campaign revealed the names of the members of the committee in charge of the vetting process to become Biden’s vice president. Biden is already committed to choosing a woman to become his vice president and many names have already gone around as the possible picks of the former vice president. The committee is made up of four members; Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, Delaware Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, Biden campaign co-chair, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and former White House and Senate Counsel Cynthia Hogan.
There will also be people who will assist the committee, made up of former White House counsel Bob Bauer, Biden adviser Anita Dunn’s husband, campaign general counsel Dana Remus, and former Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco.
The committee is expected to finish vetting possible candidates come July. “These four co-chairs reflect the strength and diversity of our party and will provide tremendous insight and expertise to what will be a rigorous selection and vetting process,” said Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon in a statement.
Biden has already revealed what he is looking for in a potential vice president under his administration. “I need someone who is going to be, as Barack said, ‘simpatico with me’, who is a real partner in progress and is ready to be president on a moment’s notice,” said the former vice president during a virtual fundraiser.
Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Amy Klobuchar are among the women who are often predicted to be on the shortlist. Stacey Abrams and Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer are also often predicted to be included in the shortlist. But Biden’s search for a possible vice president, whoever she may be, will be faced with an enormous task of addressing the sexual assault allegations against Biden and defending him without looking like a hypocrite.
According to former Florida congressional candidate and progressive activist Susannah Randolph, “The job of being the vice-presidential candidate is always hard, and now it’s just harder because of this. But they don’t really have a choice.”