Cortez Masto says she's not interested in being Biden VP

Cortez Masto says she's not interested in being Biden VP
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Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoAdam Laxalt to be called to testify in trial of Giuliani associate Former Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Top Hispanic group endorses Cortez Masto for reelection MORE (D-Nev.) announced Thursday that she has pulled out of consideration to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE’s vice president. 

Cortez Masto said in a statement that she backs Biden and will work to get him elected. But she said she will do so without joining him on the ticket, adding she will continue to support Nevada as it struggles with the economic aftermath of the pandemic. 

"I support Joe Biden 100 percent and will work tirelessly to help get him elected this November," she said. "It is an honor to be considered as a potential running mate but I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration. Nevada's economy is one of the hardest hit by the current crisis and I will continue to focus on getting Nevadans the support they need to get back on their feet." 

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The first Latina to be elected to the U.S. Senate, she is one of more than 10 women who have been suggested as potential running mates for the former vice president. 

Cortez Masto was thought to be one of the highest profile Latinas on Biden’s list of potential running mates, which advocates say would help the former vice president win over Hispanic voters. 

Former Nevada Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTo Build Back Better, we need a tax system where everyone pays their fair share Democrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Biden looks to climate to sell economic agenda MORE (D) praised Cortez Masto's decision in a statement.

“I can’t say enough about my admiration for Sen. Cortez Masto," he said. "She is a truly gifted leader who always puts Nevada first, and I will continue supporting her however I can."

"Her leadership will be critical as Nevada and the country recovers from this public health and economic crisis," he added. 

Biden committed to choosing a woman as his vice presidential candidate earlier this year. Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTreasury says more rental aid is reaching tenants, preventing evictions 11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post MORE (D-Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook This week: Democrats face mounting headaches MORE (D-Minn.), former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams (D) and Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemocrats face bleak outlook in Florida Democratic donors hesitant on wading into Florida midterm fights Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (D-Fla.) are speculated to be on Biden’s short list. 

He said Wednesday that he hopes to pick his final running mate by Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic nominating convention.