Biden advisers starting to gather documents from potential VP picks: report

Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Trump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act MORE’s presidential campaign has conducted several rounds of interviews with potential picks to be his running mate and has started gathering private documents from some of them amid growing speculation about who could be the former vice president’s No. 2.

Several people familiar with the process told The New York Times that Biden’s search committee has contacted about a dozen women and that eight or nine of them are being vetted more deeply than others.

Among those who are reportedly being considered more intently are Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTwitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation Virginia mayor refuses to resign over controversial Biden, 'Aunt Jemima' post Exclusive: Democrats seek to increase racial diversity of pandemic relief oversight board MORE (D-Calif.), viewed by many as a front-runner for the position, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities The other reason Democrats want Biden to shun debates The Memo: Biden faces balancing act MORE (D-Mass.), Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes The 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket MORE (D-Fla.) and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

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Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinBiden: I'll have a running mate picked next week The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided GOP to unveil COVID-19 bill Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street MORE (D-Wis.), once considered an under-the-radar pick, has reportedly advanced in the process, while Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharLobbying world Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman House committee requests hearing with postmaster general amid mail-in voting concerns MORE (D-Minn.) has seen her prospects for a spot on the ticket wane amid increased scrutiny over her attitude toward police misconduct during her time as district attorney in Hennepin County, which encompasses Minneapolis.

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said this week she hasn’t heard from the Biden campaign, but sources insisted to the Times that she is still in contention for the job.

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDuckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act Trump campaign on Biden VP pick: 'He's going to tear the party apart' Should Biden consider a veteran for vice president? MORE (D-Ill.), an Iraq War combat veteran who lost both her legs, and former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice have also been interviewed and asked for documents.

The vetting team has also been in contact with Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island and Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamCuomo to serve as National Association of Governors chair Biden: I'll have a running mate picked next week The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Angie Craig says we need an equitable distribution plan for an eventual vaccine that reaches all communities; Moderna vaccine enters phase 3 trial in US today MORE of New Mexico.

The escalation of the vetting process comes amid a backdrop of mass civil unrest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis.

Biden has already vowed to select a woman as his running mate and nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, but pressure has increased on him to pick a woman of color as his No. 2 as a way of addressing the role voters of color have played in boosting his presidential campaign and signaling that he hears their concerns after Floyd’s death. 

Biden has said he will prioritize candidates with whom he’s ideologically “simpatico” and who are ready to lead “on day one.”