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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 BidenEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' News leaders deal with the post-Trump era 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 HarrisThe press has its own border problem Meghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration I visited the border and the vice president should too MORE (D-Calif.) and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

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Other reported potential running mates include Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMark Cuban: ProPublica 'not being honest' about taxes on wealthy On The Money: Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure | New report reignites push for wealth tax New report reignites push for wealth tax MORE (D-Mass.), Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoInfighting grips Nevada Democrats ahead of midterms Top union unveils national town hall strategy to push Biden's jobs plan 9 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022 MORE (D-Nev.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHouse unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' Senate Democrats befuddled by Joe Manchin 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.”