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Joe Biden says he will likely pick his vice president by August 1
Joe Biden is yet to name his pick for his vice president. However, he said that the vetting process would likely be done by July and that he would already decide on a running mate by August 1.
In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday, Joe Biden said that his vice presidential search committee already interviewed a lot of people being considered for the post. However, the team has not conducted background checks yet at the moment.
The following day, Biden revealed that his four-person committee is still “deciding the basic cut” when it comes to the person being considered for the post. “We're in the process of deciding the basic cut, about whether or not they really want it,” he said at a fundraiser Wednesday evening, which was co-hosted with former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. “Are they comfortable? They've asked a lot of questions.”
For Joe Biden, it is important that his vice president should match with his personality as well as their basic approach in handling things. “I think that I need somebody who in fact is simpatico with me, both in terms of personality as well as substance,” he said, according to The Hill. “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.”
He is also looking for a running mate who will can completely candid with him. “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 added.
Biden already announced that he will be picking a female running mate. Insiders believe that senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Amy Klobuchar, former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams, and Rep. Val Demings are among the those being considered for the post.