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Biden to begin process of selecting running mate

Joe Biden.

Joe Biden.   | Photo Credit: CHRISTOPHER SMITH

He has committed to choosing a woman

Joe Biden said on Friday that he will announce a committee to oversee his vice-presidential selection process and is already thinking about whom he’d choose to join his Cabinet.

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Mr. Biden, who holds a significant lead in delegates over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary race but has yet to officially clinch the nomination, also said he’s spoken to Mr. Sanders to let him know he’d be proceeding with the vice presidential vetting process.

Mr. Biden, a former Vice-President himself, has previously committed to choosing a woman as his running mate. Calling Sanders a “friend,” Mr. Biden said, “I don’t want him to think I’m being presumptuous” by choosing a running mate. But he added that the vice presidential vetting process “takes time,” so he has to begin this month.

Mr. Biden’s comments came in response to a question during a virtual fundraiser about whether he’d be willing to release his full proposed Cabinet at the same time he announces his vice-presidential pick. Mr. Biden didn’t answer the question directly, but did indicate that there are a number of people who have been helping his campaign with whom he’s discussed whether they’d be “willing to come into a government if I get elected.”

“Men, women, gay, straight, across the board, black, white, Asian, it really matters that it look like the country because everyone brings a slightly different perspective,””he said.

But in a hint of how deeply he’s considered his options, Biden said- “If the Lord Almighty came down and said, ‘You’re president tomorrow. Write down in the next 15 minutes your Cabinet,’ I think I could do it. “

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