Biden notes show talking points about Kamala Harris

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Maxine Waters says Biden 'can't go home without a Black woman being VP' MORE was photographed during an event Tuesday holding talking points about Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Maxine Waters says Biden 'can't go home without a Black woman being VP' 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.”

ADVERTISEMENT

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 WarrenDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election MORE (D-Mass.) and Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthWhitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Ill.), former national security adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsWhitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes The 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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.