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Biden: Panel vetting 'more than a dozen women' as potential running mates

Biden: Panel vetting 'more than a dozen women' as potential running mates
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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE says his vice presidential selection committee is vetting “more than a dozen women” as potential running mates.

Biden, who has previously pledged to name a woman as vice president, told Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s "PoliticsNation" on Saturday that he is aware of the desire in some quarters for him to select a black woman.

"I really do understand that, Al, for real. And that's why I assure you that of the more than a dozen women that they're taking an initial look at, there are significantly more than one black woman that's going to be considered by this group, first and foremost, number one," Biden said. Contenders reported to be on Biden’s shortlist include Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTo unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination MORE (D-Calif.) and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

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Other reported potential running mates include Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Becerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All MORE (D-Mass.), Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Mars rover prepares for landing The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats ready mammoth relief bill for 10-day sprint Senate Republicans target Democrats over school reopenings in new campaign MORE (D-Nev.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOpen-ended antitrust is an innovation killer FBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings MORE (D-Minn.) as well as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).

The former vice president has also pledged to name the first black woman to the Supreme Court, and in a meeting with donors Wednesday said his administration and judicial nominees will “look like the country,” according to CNN. During the Wednesday fundraiser, he reportedly told donors he hopes the vetting process for a running mate will be complete by July.

Biden has named a selection committee for the slot that includes former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D), and former White House and Senate counsel Cynthia Hogan.

In the same Sharpton interview, Biden repeated his denial of sexual assault allegations by former aide Tara Reade, who has said Biden assaulted her when he was a senator in 1993.

Biden addressed the allegations for the first time Friday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“It’s not true,” Biden told Sharpton. “I’m saying unequivocally, it never happened, period.”