Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE on Thursday announced four co-chairs of a running mate selection committee, naming former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and longtime adviser Cynthia Hogan to lead the effort.
The co-chairs will be responsible for coordinating the vice presidential search across the Democratic Party, as well as with vetting teams led by former White House counsel Bob Bauer, campaign general counsel Dana Remus and former Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco.
“Selecting a vice presidential candidate is one of the most important decisions in a presidential campaign, and no one knows this more than Joe Biden,” Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement.
“These four co-chairs reflect the strength and diversity of our party, and will provide tremendous insight and expertise to what will be a rigorous selection and vetting process,” she added. “We are grateful for their service to the campaign and for their leadership.”
The announcement of the committee co-chairs marks the formal start of Biden’s running mate selection process.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee told donors during a virtual fundraising event on Wednesday that he expects the vice presidential vetting process to finish up by July, and that he will likely make his choice after that.
Biden has already pledged to choose a woman as his running mate, but has offered few hints as to whom exactly he’s considering.
Among those who have received attention as potential running mates are Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Still, Biden has indicated that he wants to choose a running mate who is “simpatico” with him, saying earlier this year that the two “could disagree on tactics, but strategically we’d have to be on the exact same page.”
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