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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 BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform 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 SandersAmazon workers have spoken — are progressives listening? What's really behind Joe Biden's far-left swing? It's time to declare a national climate emergency 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 HarrisHouse Budget Committee 'not considering' firing CBO director Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid How to manage migration intensified by climate change MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House 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.