Biden says he has 'short list' of potential women for VP pick

Biden says he has 'short list' of potential women for VP pick
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE suggested Tuesday that he is keeping a running list of potential vice presidential picks that includes more than a dozen women.

“There is a short list meaning somewhere between – there’s about 12 and 15 women who I think would be qualified to be president tomorrow,” Biden said during an appearance on ABC’s "The View."

"I think we’re going to narrow to 11,” he added. “We’re going to start vetting soon.”

Biden’s remarks came more than a week after he vowed to choose a woman as his running mate should he clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.

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He’s made clear in the past that he has his own criteria for choosing a running mate, insisting it’s important to choose someone with whom he is “simpatico” — a point he reiterated Tuesday.

“I just need to make sure that whomever I pick — assuming I’m the nominee, which is not the case yet — that that person is simpatico with where I want to take the nation in terms of domestic and foreign policy,” he said. “And I think there are a number of women who are in that category.”

Biden also said that he has at least four black women in mind as potential Supreme Court justice nominees, though he did name any of them.

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Exactly whom Biden is eyeing as a potential running mate is still unclear, though there are a handful of names that have drawn speculation, including Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Minn.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsCritics hit Florida governor over lack of 'sweeping' coronavirus response Biden says he has 'short list' of potential women for VP pick Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal MORE (D-Fla.) and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).

Biden hasn’t won the 1,991 delegates he needs to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, though he has built a nearly insurmountable delegate lead over his only remaining rival, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.).

The pace of the nominating contest has slowed in recent weeks as the coronavirus outbreak has prompted candidates to cancel in-person campaign events and state officials to postpone scheduled primary elections.

But there are signs that Biden is beginning to act like the presumptive Democratic nominee. In addition to beginning his search for a running mate, he is planning to deliver briefings on the coronavirus to act as countermessaging to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE’s daily briefings on the crisis.