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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 BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings 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 KlobucharTrump announces intention to nominate two individuals to serve as FEC members Start focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority MORE (D-Minn.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump fights for battleground Arizona Biden to air 90-minute radio programs targeting Black voters The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden's big battleground | Trump and Harris hit the trail in Arizona | Turnout surges among new voters MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDisney to lay off 28,000 employees Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response 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 SandersOcasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' What a Biden administration should look like Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done' 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 TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE’s daily briefings on the crisis.