Joe Biden said Tuesday that his campaign is vetting a racially diverse selection of women to be his vice presidential pick.
‘There are a number of women of color, there are Latino women, there are Asian, across the board,’ Biden told reporters during a speech and press conference he held at a high school in his adopted hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
Biden also teased that he would be putting out a list of female black legal professionals, as he previously said he wanted to appoint the country’s first black woman to the Supreme Court.
Joe Biden said Tuesday that his running mate shortlist included a racially diverse group of women. He also said he planned to release a list of potential Supreme Court picks who are black women
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, an Illinois Democrat whose mother was Thai-Chinese, is one of the women Biden is considering picking as a running mate
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham would be the first Latina vice presidential candidate if Biden decides to pick her
Also among those reportedly being considered for the vice presidential gig are Sens. Elizabeth Warren (left) and Kamala Harris (right), who both ran against Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary
Joe Biden is also considering Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who’s become more prominant in the aftermath of Rayshard Brooks’ death
Rep. Val Demings of Florida was formerly the police chief of Orlando. She’s become a top pick in the wake of George Floyd’s death and rose to prominence during the impeachment proceedings earlier this year
The former vice president had been asked if he planned to follow President Trump’s lead and put out a list of names he’d consider as Supreme Court picks.
In 2016, Trump wooed social conservatives by releasing a list of conservative lawyers and judges he’s consider appointing to the highest court.
Trump said he’d release an updated list for 2020 as well.
‘One thing I hesitate to do is follow anything the president does at all, because he usually does it all wrong,’ Biden said Tuesday in Wilmington.
But then he said he would be releasing a list.
‘I have, we’re putting together a list of, a group of African-American women who are qualified and have the experience to be on the court,’ Biden said. ‘I’m not going to release that until further down the line of vetting them as well.’
Biden said he’s announce his running mate in early August.
The rescheduled Democratic National Convention kicks off on August 17.
Biden said the announcement would be made before then.
CNN reported last week that the top tier of candidates included Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Val Demings and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who are black, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is white, though controversially claimed some Native American ancestry.
Other hopefuls include Sen. Tammy Duckworth, whose mother was Thai-Chinese, former Amb. Susan Rice and Rep. Karen Bass, who are black and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the first lesbian U.S. senator.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Latina, has also gotten some buzz.
Biden announced at the March debate against then-Democratic rival Bernie Sanders that he would choose a woman for the vice presidential slot.
In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests, Biden has been pressured to pick a woman of color.