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

Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act:  a bill long overdue 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 HarrisObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet MORE (D-Calif.), viewed by many as a front-runner for the position, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats face critical 72 hours The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal This week: Democrats aim to unlock Biden economic, infrastructure package MORE (D-Mass.), Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsRep. Brown to run for Maryland attorney general Senate GOP campaign arm outraises Democratic counterpart in September Two senior House Democrats to retire MORE (D-Fla.) and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

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Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinProviding affordable housing to recruit our next generation of volunteer firefighters Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Building back better by investing in workers and communities MORE (D-Wis.), once considered an under-the-radar pick, has reportedly advanced in the process, while Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar'Facebook Papers' turn up heat on embattled social media platform Omar, Klobuchar lead charge seeking Congressional Gold Medal for Prince Klobuchar: 'Facebook knew' it was hurting communities 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 DuckworthProgressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Senate Democrats ditch Hyde amendment for first time in decades Building back better by investing in workers and communities 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 GrishamDemocrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms Hochul makes New York the 31st state to have had a female governor New Mexico indoor mask mandate returns with new vaccine requirements 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.”