Biden says ex-House impeachment manager Val Demings among potential VP picks

ORLANDO, Fla. — Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Tammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream Mexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump MORE said on Thursday that Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP Democrats seize on Florida pandemic response ahead of general election MORE (D-Fla.) was on his list of potential running mates. 

“She is one of a group of close to a dozen really qualified and talented women who are, are on the list," Biden told WFTV in Orlando. "We are just beginning the process." 

The interview was a part of Biden's virtual campaign blitz through the Sunshine State on Thursday, in which he also took part in a virtual roundtable with African American leaders in Jacksonville and held a virtual rally in Tampa.  


Demings told MSNBC on Wednesday that she would be honored to serve as Biden's vice presidential pick. 

"If asked, I would be honored to serve alongside Joe Biden and do everything in my power to get this country back on track, not just here in the nation, but around the world,'' she said. 

The central Florida congresswoman was elected to the House in 2016. She narrowly lost her first congressional election to Rep. Daniel WebsterDaniel Alan WebsterFormer cop Demings faces progressive pushback in veepstakes Overnight Energy: Biden campaign says he would revoke Keystone XL permit | EPA emails reveal talks between Trump officials, chemical group before 2017 settlement | Tensions emerge on Natural Resources panel over virtual meetings Tensions emerge on Natural Resources panel over virtual meetings MORE (R-Fla.) in the state's 10th district. Prior to running for Congress, Demings served as Orange County's Police Chief.

She was one of seven impeachment managers during President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE's impeachment trail in the Senate.

Demings touted her experience on MSNBC while making the case for Biden. 


"I have dedicated my life to public service and having served as a social worker, a career law enforcement officer, police chief, and now a member of Congress, I chose tough jobs," Demings said. "As I look at the condition of our country, and the absolute lack of leadership, at the very least we ought to have a leader we can trust."

"We don't have that right now," she added. 

Biden vowed in March to choose a woman as his running mate. Demings, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Progressive activist Ady Barkan endorses Biden, urges him to pick Warren as VP Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits MORE (D-Mass.) and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams are among the women the former vice president is thought to be considering for the post.