Biden Eyeing Aug.1 as Date to Pick VP Candidate

Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden announced he plans to have a running mate by Aug. 1, just two weeks before the Democratic nominating convention in Milwaukee.

During a digital fundraiser hosted by former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, Biden said contenders on his shortlist have already been interviewed.

“We’re in the process of deciding the basic cut — about whether or not they really want it,” Biden said. “Are they comfortable? They’ve asked a lot of questions.”

“I think that I need somebody who in fact is simpatico with me, both in terms of personality as well as substance,” he said.

“That means they don’t have to agree with me on everything, but they have to have the same basic approach to how we handle the economy and how we handle everything,” Biden said.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., along with former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams, and Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., are considered to be on his shortlist. 

“I want to make sure that . . . whoever I have has some qualities that I don’t possess as well as is willing to, in fact, tell me the truth, but also do it in a way that is between the two of us, between her and me, so that they can, in fact, be completely candid with me, because I want to have people around me that have strengths and capacities I don’t,” Biden said. 

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