Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE said he plans to announce the members of a selection committee who will help choose his running mate by May 1 as speculation continues to mount over his vice presidential pick.
“We’re going to probably be announcing the setting up of that committee, which we’re doing now, between the people who have agreed to serve on it, and we will be announcing the formation of that I assume by May 1 we’ll have that done,” he said on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” which aired the episode early Wednesday morning.
Biden added that the committee will likely take until July to narrow the hunt for a vice president down to the top three contenders.
Announcing his selection committee would officially launch Biden’s search for a running mate, though speculation has already exploded as to who he could pick after he vowed to select a woman for the role.
Much focus has been paid as to whether Biden, a centrist, would tap a progressive to try to unite the two factions of the Democratic Party or whether he would prioritize a running mate who hails from the Midwest, a region where Democrats are looking to regain ground after President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s surprise victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in 2016.
The former vice president is also under pressure from some of his supporters to pick a black woman to recognize the important role African American voters have played in buoying his White House bid.
“The first, the most important quality is someone who, if I walked away immediately from the office for whatever reason, that they can be president,” Biden said, adding that it is important that he and his running mate be “intellectually simpatico.”
Among the most frequent lawmakers who have been floated as potential running mates are Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), all former 2020 candidates, as well as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Several of them have already joined Biden’s campaign or are openly campaigning for the job: Klobuchar and Whitmer have both endorsed Biden and appeared on his podcast, Warren sent a fundraising email to her hefty list of supporters on his behalf, Harris appeared at a virtual fundraiser with Biden this month and Abrams has said she would be an “excellent running mate.”
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