Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has reportedly narrowed his list of potential vice president running mates to six candidates as his selection process enters a second round of vetting.
The top names include failed Democrat presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Sen. Kamala Harris (CA). The other big name to appear on the list is former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice.
The other three names on Biden’s reported short list include Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Atlanta Democrat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and New Mexico Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
“Biden’s vetting committee had conversations with a larger group of women earlier this spring; those continuing on in the process have been asked to turn over financial records, past writings and other documentation,” the Associated Press reported. “Biden has had various public and private interactions with many of the women his vetting committee has considered thus far, but has not yet had any formal one-on-one interviews expressly to discuss the No. 2 spot on the ticket. Those aren’t expected for several weeks.”
Failed Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate and far-left activist Stacey Abrams told Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” on Wednesday that she has not been contacted by Biden’s campaign about being considered for vice president, despite her aggressive campaigning to be selected.
Rice would be a controversial pick for Biden given her extensive history of not being truthful about political scandals, including the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the unmasking of then-national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Warren also has a well documented history of dishonesty which analysts have said doomed her presidential campaign, including her “debunked allegation that she’d been fired from a school job for being pregnant, and her false claims that her kids had never attended private schools,” National Review reported.
Earlier this week, Biden said that he wanted to pick a “strong” running mate who would be “ready to be president on day one.”
“It’s really important that whomever you pick as a vice president agrees with you in terms of your philosophy of government and agrees with you on the systemic things that you wanna change,” Biden said. “And is, in fact, going to be able to be someone who is not at all intimidated by the president, not at all intimidated walking in the White House. And is going to be prepared to give their unvarnished opinion and be able to privately argue with the president if they disagree. I want someone strong. I want someone strong, and someone who can — who is ready to be president on day one.”
Many in the Democrat Party are reportedly pushing Biden to pick a minority woman to be his running mate due to the heightened racial tensions that have emerged in recent days over the death of George Floyd.
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