Former Vice President Joe Biden has made it clear that he would select a woman to be his running mate if he receives the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
Currently the party’s presumptive nominee, Biden’s search for a possible vice president is decidedly underway, according to CBS News. In fact, one contender, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), has reportedly been asked to undergo a rigorous vetting process.
A Biden campaign staffer signaled the development this week, describing a “multi-week review” expected to dig into Klobuchar’s public and private life, including but not limited to scouring tax returns, policy papers, public speeches, and voting record, according to CBS News.
“I would be honored to do just that”
Other potential running mates are also undergoing similar background checks, NBC News reported.
“We’re definitely on a list,” one source told NBC, referring to U.S. Rep. Val Demings (D-FL).
Demings herself confirmed in an interview on Wednesday that she was on Biden’s “shortlist” of possible picks and expressed a willingness to join his campaign.
“If Vice President Biden asked me to serve along with him, I would be honored to do just that,” she said, according to reports.
For his part, Biden confirmed on Thursday that the “process is coming to an end now,” according to NBC, but declined to provide any names of those being considered. Citing the “invasive” nature of the research, he said that “you don’t want to let all the names out you’re vetting.”
“I am not going to comment about his process”
Klobuchar remained similarly coy in a recent radio interview, declining to confirm or deny that she was undergoing such vetting by the Biden campaign.
So far, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has reportedly declined a request to be vetted in favor of continuing her re-election campaign. The state’s other senator, however, said she was “flattered” to be included in the list of possible contenders.
“I am not going to comment about his process, whatever that may be,” Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) said, adding that her “focus each and every day” is on her constituents, according to CBS.
As Election Day draws near, Biden is expected to announce his decision in the coming months. For voters concerned about his record and frequent gaffes on the campaign trail, however, it might make little difference which candidate he decides to add to the ticket.