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Biden Plans to Announce Running Mate Around August 1

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden plans on announcing his choice for a running mate around Aug. 1.

Biden revealed the plan during a virtual fundraiser on Wednesday evening.

The 77-year-old, who has said he wants to choose a woman who is younger than him, said the four-person panel he established to vet potential running mates is now deciding on “the basic cut.”

“Were in the process of deciding the basic cut about whether or not they really want it. Are they comfortable? Theyve asked a lot of questions,” Biden said.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), and Cynthia Hogan, Bidens former counsel, are leading the vetting process.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) said they were vetted by Bidens team. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who vied for the presidential nomination, was reportedly asked to undergo a formal vetting, and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) reportedly agreed to undergo vetting.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) reportedly declined to undergo the process. “My focus each and every day continues to be serving the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate,” she told WMUR in a statement.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a news conference in Lansing, Mich., on May 18, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

Other possible running mates include Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and former national security adviser Susan Rice.

Some on the left want Biden to commit to choosing a minority but he has declined to do so thus far.

“There are women of color under consideration, and theyre women from every part of the country—so a lot of really qualified women that are ready to be president,” he told CNN this week.

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