Graphic shows five women that are seriously being vetted as potential running mates.
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U.S. ELECTION

Joe Biden’s vice-presidential candidates

By Duncan Mil

July 13, 2020 - Facing economic turmoil wrought by a once-in-a-century pandemic, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is searching for a running mate who will be a full partner in governing from day one. Former Vice President Biden is aiming to announce his choice by August 1.

In March, Biden vowed to select a woman as his running mate. While women have appeared as a presidential or vice-presidential nominee on party tickets before, no woman has ever served as vice president.

The search started with a list of more than a dozen potential candidates, all of them women. Among the group still in contention are Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Representative Val Demings of Florida, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Susan Rice, national security adviser under President Barack Obama.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is leading the vetting teams with former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester and former Biden counsel Cynthia Hogan.

The nationwide protests against racism, injustice and police brutality have influenced the thinking around the search for a running mate. The finalists are now nearly all women of colour, except for Warren.

People with knowledge of Biden’s vetting process have dismissed the release of a shortlist. “Those who talk don’t know and those who know don’t talk,” Andrew Bates, a Biden spokesperson, told the Associated Press.

PUBLISHED: 13/07/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press
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