Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE was photographed during an event Tuesday holding talking points about Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Harris facilitates coin toss at Howard University football game Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE (D-Calif.), a former rival in the Democratic presidential primary who is in top contention to be his running mate.
As he answered reporters' questions at a campaign event in Delaware, Biden was seen holding a note pad with the first line under Harris's name apparently stating that he does "not hold grudges," seemingly in reference to a fierce clash between the two at a primary debate earlier this year.
His notes also underscore that Harris “campaigned with me & Jill,” is “talented” and has been a “great help to [the] campaign.”
“Biden held notes that were captured by an AP photographer. Harris’ name was scrawled across the top, followed by five talking points.— Michael Tackett (@tackettdc) July 28, 2020
“Do not hold grudges.” “Campaigned with me & Jill.” “Talented.” “Great help to campaign.” “Great respect for her.” https://t.co/OnNNNxoW1e
The notes reflect remarks Biden has made in the past about Harris but come in the final days before he is expected to announce his choice as No. 2 on the Democratic ticket.
The former vice president said Tuesday he will announce his running mate in the first week of August.
Harris is widely seen as a front-runner for the job, though Biden is also known to be considering a slate of other women, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Mass.) and Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthTop Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan MORE (D-Ill.), former national security adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemocratic donors hesitant on wading into Florida midterm fights Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms First polls show mixed picture on Rubio-Demings race MORE (D-Fla.) and more.
Biden’s note that he does not hold a grudge appears to underscore how the debate skirmish from earlier in the primary has not diminished Harris's standing as a potential VP pick.
Harris said at the event that Biden made “very hurtful” comments about his past work with segregationist senators and tore into his past stance on school busing.
“There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.”
The remarks from Harris, who is known to have been close with Biden’s late son, Beau, reportedly hurt both Biden and his wife, Jill.
However, the relationship between the two Democrats has improved, and Biden has heaped praise on Harris on the campaign trail.
Biden, who has already vowed to select a woman as his running mate, is under pressure to pick a Black woman amid a national reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality.
Biden has remained tight-lipped about his ultimate pick but wrote under the heading “VP” on his note pad Tuesday that he’s looking for someone who is “highly qualified” among a “diverse group” of contenders.