Biden Is Expected To Announce His Running Mate Soon—Here's What We Know

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Biden stated his intentions to select a female candidate, and a clear decision should be expected in early August.

Joe Biden’s running mate is expected to be a woman and announced around August 1, according to a report by USA Today.

Last week, Biden stated that his team was doing background checks on potential running mates which were to be completed in about a week’s time. After that, Biden plans to interview those remaining for consideration himself.

"First thing I want to make sure is I have somebody – and I think they all are – capable of being president of the United States if something happens," Biden stated.

His final decision is likely to come right before the Democratic National Convention, which is scheduled to take place in mid-August.

In the primaries between Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders in March, Biden committed to selecting a woman as his running mate. More specifically, Biden has expressed interest in selecting a woman of color.

“I am not committed to naming any but the people I’ve named, and among them are four Black women,” Biden said. "Black women have supported me my entire career."

Others have backed Biden’s desire to select a woman of color. Sen. Amy Klobuchar withdrew her name from consideration in June, saying, "I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket."

Klobuchar also said, "If you want to heal this nation right now – my party, yes, but our nation – this is sure a hell of a way to do it.”

The Democratic Party has historically been backed by Black female voters. Some say that nominating a Black woman is necessary for Biden’s campaign.

"We are demanding a return on our voting investment in 2020," Glynda Carr, president and CEO of Higher Heights for America, which works to get Black women elected into office. "That is in the form of policies that directly center Black women in our family, and it is about us having seats at all decision-making tables."

Initially there had been about a dozen women in consideration by the Biden campaign. The list has since narrowed down, now still including Sen. Kamala Harris, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Florida Rep. Val Demings, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

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