Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is assigning four close campaign allies to head up the process leading to one of his most important decisions: picking a running mate.
Biden, who served as Barack Obamas vice president, chose one of his former Senate colleagues, two elected politicians of color, and a former aide to run a panel that scours the backgrounds of those who could be the first U.S. female vice president.
The panels co-chairs are U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, and aide Cynthia Hogan, his campaign said in a statement on Thursday.
The former vice president has vowed to choose a woman for the role and hopes to complete vetting by July.
His choice has spurred special interest among voters on the campaign trail, who regularly ask who he will pick and sometimes express concern whether Biden, 77, would serve the maximum of two terms of four years each if elected president.
“These four co-chairs reflect the strength and diversity of our party, and will provide tremendous insight and expertise to what will be a rigorous selection and vetting process,” Bidens campaign manager, Jen OMalley Dillon, said in a statement.
None of the names are a surprise. Dodd, now an independent lawyer, was a longtime Senate colleague and friend of Bidens. Hogan was Bidens top lawyer when he was vice president and was also involved in the process to get Obamas Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, confirmed in the Senate.
Blunt Rochester and Garcetti are already co-chairs of the campaign, regularly serving as Bidens spokespeople.
Blunt Rochester is from Bidens home state of Delaware and black.Read More From Source