Biden: I'll have a running mate picked next week

Biden: I'll have a running mate picked next week
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion MORE told reporters on Tuesday that he would have his 2020 running mate selected by the first week of the month of August, which begins on Saturday.

“I’m going to have a choice the first week in August and I promise, I’ll let you know when I do,” Biden said during a question-and-answer session with reporters in Wilmington, Del.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, however, did not specify when he would publicly announce his decision. 

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The development comes as speculation surrounding the candidates for the position heats up. 

Biden had pledged earlier this year at a Democratic primary debate against then-contender Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package MORE (I-Vt.) that he would nominate a woman to be his running mate. 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisMichelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate Michelle Obama wishes Barack a happy birthday: 'My favorite guy' Harris endorses Democrat in tight California House race MORE (D-Calif.) is seen as the favorite for the spot, but a number of others are also being considered, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTrump says government to review 5M Kodak loan deal Michelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again MORE (D-Mass.) and former national security adviser Susan Rice. 

Biden is also considering 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-Calif.) and Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassBass honored US Communist Party leader in unsurfaced remarks Susan Rice says she could handle pandemic response: 'I understand what disease can do' Biden leads Trump by nearly 40 points in California: poll MORE (D-Calif.), who was seen with Biden at the Capitol last night during the public viewing for the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisLoeffler knocks WNBA players for wearing shirts backing Democratic challenger Julia Louis-Dreyfus weighs in on 'Veep' parody of Trump interview CNN political director: President's comments on Lewis 'so shameful' but 'also classic Donald Trump' MORE (D-Ga.). Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamBiden: 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 New Mexico governor says her state is 'at the mercy of what's going on around the country' MORE (D), Illinois Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthShould Biden consider a veteran for vice president? Susan Rice says she could handle pandemic response: 'I understand what disease can do' Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman MORE (D) and Wisconsin 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) have also been floated. 

Biden had previously indicated that he might announcing his vice presidential pick by the end of July.