Former Vice President Joe Biden is the official frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
If the trend continues, and there’s no indication anything will change, Biden will soon secure the party nomination and have to choose someone who will run on the ticket with him in the general election.
In a call with reporters, Biden said that he will “start that vetting process relatively soon, meaning in a matter of weeks,” and “there will be a group that is in excess of six or seven people that I look at — because those background checks matter.”
After a rocky start, Biden now holds 1,215. Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is in second place with 909 delegates.
It takes 1,991 delegates to secure the nomination.
Biden is confident enough that he has shifted into general election mode and recently promised to select a woman as his vice-presidential running mate, which narrows down the selection a bit.
The Hill reports these 3 names, among others, are likely at the top of Biden’s shortlist:
- California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris
- Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Biden in the call acknowledged he had consulted with former President Barack Obama about his possible pick.
“But I think there are plenty of women who are ready, been tested out there who are capable of answering all those questions,” he told reporters. “And the most important thing, and I’ve actually talked to Barack about this — the most important thing is that there has to be someone who, the day after they’re picked, is prepared to be President of the United States of America if something happened.”
The Hill adds:
Biden has emerged as the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in recent weeks following sweeping victories on Super Tuesday and in later contests. He now leads his only remaining competitor, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), in most polls of remaining primary states.
Along with Sanders, Biden has been forced from the campaign trail in recent days due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, instead opting for virtual campaign events such as Sunday’s phone call.
During the Democratic primary debate two weeks ago, Biden vowed that his eventual choice of a running mate would be a woman.
After vowing to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, Biden then added: “Secondly, if I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration will look like the country, and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president. There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.”
Trump officially became the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party on Tuesday night after securing resounding victories in both the Florida and Illinois primary elections.
Trump surpassed the 1,276 delegates needed to secure the nomination two months earlier than he did in 2016 when he battled more than a dozen candidates in the crowded field.
And, unsurprising to most, Trump has already made it clear he’s sticking with Vice President Mike Pence.