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The Biden Veepstakes: An Announcement is Coming

For weeks – months, even – we’ve been speculating. When will Joe Biden announce his running mate? Who’s it going to be? It appears that the wait is almost over.

Biden told reporters on Tuesday that he would announce his pick “the first week in August,” and he made a promise that it would happen. We’ve said a lot here about his shortlist, and others have speculated about it as well.

Yahoo! News summarized the names on Biden’s list:

Biden’s short-list is believed to include California Senator Kamala Harris and Susan Rice, who served as National Security Advisor under president Barack Obama, according to press reports.

Three other senators are also believed to be under consideration — Tammy Duckworth of Illiniois, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

Two other lawmakers are also believed to be in the running — Florida Rep. Val Demings and California Rep. Karen Bass — along with two governors — Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer and New Mexico’s Michelle Lujan Grisham — and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Biden said that he is pursuing the White House to serve as an antidote to President Trump, calling out what he has perceived as a failure to properly defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and accusing Trump of fanning the flames of racism.

The former vice president even called himself the “antithesis of Trump” in his briefing.

The Associated Press made a fascinating observation as Biden spoke. An AP photographer managed to capture a shot of the notes that the candidate held in his hands as he spoke.

Biden’s notes included a heading at the top specifically referring to Kamala Harris, with bullet points that read: “Do not hold grudges.” “Campaigned with me & Jill.” “Talented.” “Great help to campaign.” “Great respect for her.”

The notepad also included a series of notes about the field of VP candidates as a whole. The AP reports that:

Under the heading “VP,” Biden wrote “highly qualified” and “diverse group,” signifying his intention not to tease out any more details.

Stay tuned for an announcement, presumably next week. It’ll be interesting to see Biden’s choice and how the GOP responds to it.

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