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Biden says he expects potential running mates to be vetted by July

Biden says he expects potential running mates to be vetted by July
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE said on Wednesday that he hopes to have potential running mates vetted by July, a sign that a final selection may not come until later in the summer. 

Speaking to donors at a virtual fundraising event, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said he plans to announce a vice presidential selection committee “very shortly” that will begin the process of screening prospective running mates. 

“God willing, we will have that vetting done by July and I'll be narrowing down who it is that I would ask to be my vice presidential running mate,” Biden said, according to a pool report. 

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Biden vowed at the last Democratic primary debate in March to choose a woman as his running mate should he win the party’s presidential nod. He all but shored up the nomination after his last remaining rival, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Hillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (I-Vt.), suspended his campaign earlier this month. 

Biden has said he’s considering a list of somewhere between six and 10 candidates. Among those who have received attention as potential running mates are Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden teams to meet with Trump administration agencies Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Ossoff, Warnock to knock on doors in runoff campaigns MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus MORE (D-Mass.), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. 

Biden reiterated on Wednesday that he will choose a woman for the slot, saying that “there are a lot of women out there with the experience to do that job.” But he also noted that whomever he picks must be “simpatico” with him.

The former vice president also repeated a past pledge to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court if he’s given the chance to fill a vacant seat. 

Biden also raised the possibility of appointing a bipartisan Cabinet if elected president in November, noting that he does not have “any limitation on if someone were a Republican if they’re the best-qualified person to” fill a role in his administration. 

“This country is fully committed ... to making sure I appoint smart, courageous people of both parties eager to serve something bigger than themselves,” he said.