Report: Biden Narrows List Of Running Mate’s Down To These 4 Candidates

Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden’s campaign has been narrowing down the list of possible candidates to serve as his running mate.

According to The Week, the former vice president has narrowed his once extensive list down to four candidates.

All of the candidates are women and three of them are African-American.

Here are the 4 finalists:

  • California Senator Kamala Harris
  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
  • Florida Rep. Val Demings
  • Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

The Week reported:

Biden has already promised that he’ll pick a woman as his 2020 running mate and has been under pressure to choose a woman of color after a month of protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. More than a dozen people close to the Biden search process tell CNN that Biden has listened to that pressure: Just four women are reportedly left on Biden’s shortlist, and three of them are Black.

Two former presidential contenders, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), reportedly remain on Biden’s list, and rounding it out are Rep. Val Demings of Florida and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Warren is seen as the most progressive of those reportedly on Biden’s shortlist, and would likely signal that Biden is willing to be pulled to the left on some issues. Progressives have meanwhile been hesitant to root for Harris or Demings because of their histories as California’s top prosecutor and the head of Orlando’s police department, respectively.

Biden declared earlier this year that his VP will be a woman.

After vowing to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, Biden said during a Democratic debate: “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.”

It seems like Harris may be the frontrunner given Biden has mentioned her name several times in recent months.

Biden previously said during an online campaign event that he’s coming for Harris.

Biden said: “I’m so lucky to have you be a part of this partnership going forward. Working together, we can make a great deal of progress. … I’m coming for you, kid.”

Things have gotten so weird that Biden previously said he’d select former First Lady Michelle Obama to be his running mate, though he admitted he doubts she wants to jump back into politics anytime soon.

“I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden said when asked if he would add Obama to the ticket. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”

However, he said he doubts she wants the job.

“I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again,” Biden said.

President Donald Trump has also jokingly told Biden who he should choose as his VP.