The Hill's Campaign Report: Who will Biden pick to be his running mate?

The Hill's Campaign Report: Who will Biden pick to be his running mate?
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Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe.

We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.



The countdown for Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Trump plans to accept Republican nomination from White House lawn US seizes four vessels loaded with Iranian fuel MORE to select a running mate is on, with the former vice president announcing earlier this week he would have the slot filled next week.

A number of high-profile names, such as Biden’s former 2020 rivals Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Democrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris Hillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenChris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Markey riffs on JFK quote in new ad touting progressive bona fides Howard Kurtz: Kamala Harris 'getting walk on water coverage' by media after VP pick MORE (D-Mass.), are being vetted. Other figures, including Congresswomen Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsBlack women are ambitious — that's why we need more in office GOP lawmaker: 'Pretty cool' Harris has a shot at being the 'most powerful person in the world' How Biden decided on Harris MORE (D-Fla.) and Karen BassKaren Ruth BassBlack women are ambitious — that's why we need more in office Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' Newsom says he has already received a number of pitches for Harris's open Senate seat MORE (D-Calif.), along with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D), are also in the pool of candidates.

However, The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Alexander Bolton report that we shouldn’t count Illinois Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthChris Wallace: Kamala Harris 'not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say' GOP lawmaker: 'Pretty cool' Harris has a shot at being the 'most powerful person in the world' Fox's Ari Fleischer: Harris 'not that historically exciting to African Americans' MORE (D) out of the running yet, citing her status as a veteran who lost both legs in the Iraq War and is a recipient of the Purple Heart.

“Anyone who knows him well knows what the United States military means to him,” a Biden confidant told our colleagues. “And the fact of the matter is, she doesn't just check the boxes, she has an incredible story and it represents not only who the vice president is at his core, but the narrative he's been talking about since his campaign began.”

Duckworth’s colleague, Illinois Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats ramp up warnings on Russian election meddling The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Negotiators signal relief bill stuck, not dead White House officials, Democrats spar over legality, substance of executive orders MORE (D), said that he would be in favor of a Biden-Duckworth ticket.

“She’s an incredible story, life story,” Durbin said in an interview. “Disabled veteran, amazing determination, who’s remade her life and now serves in the Senate. She is a symbol of success for the disability community.

“She has a lot of things going for her,” the senator added. “She carries counties in Illinois that I don’t because people respect her military credentials.”


Biden is currently leading President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE in a number of state and national polls.

It is not yet known what kind of impact Biden’s vice presidential pick would have on the election, however, a Hill-HarrisX poll released last week showed 23 percent of Democratic voters saying they wanted Harris as his running mate, while 22 percent said the same about Warren. Four percent said they wanted to see Duckworth on the ticket.

— Julia Manchester


Don't count out Duckworth in Biden VP race, by The Hill's Amie Parnes and Alexander Bolton.

Clyburn: Biden needs VP pick who has 'a lot of passion' by The Hill's Tal Axelrod

Trump campaign cancels ad buys to review messaging strategy: report, by The Hill's John Bowden


The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump GOP group, released an ad on Friday hitting President Trump over his suggestion to delay the general election. The ad suggests that Trump is worried he won’t win reelection due to his low approval rating and backlash over his coronavirus response. The Hill’s J. Edward Moreno reports.


House Democrats are warning that the integrity of November's elections are under significant threat from foreign actors — and the Trump administration, they say, is going out of its way to conceal the danger from the public. The Hill's Mike Lillis reports.

The Chamber of Commerce formally threw its support behind Iowa Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstTrump: GOP senators who don't embrace him will 'lose their elections' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump MORE (R) in her reelection bid against Democrat Theresa Greenfield on Friday. The Hill’s Alex Gangitano reports.

Democratic candidates are gearing up to attack their Republican opponents over the issue of school reopenings ahead of November’s elections. Tal reports.


Zoe Fenson: You don’t have to be excited about Biden to vote for him. 

David Harsanyi: Obama’s filibuster hypocrisy.

Damon Linker: Could America split up?



Markey: 40%

Kennedy: 36%



Biden: 50%

Trump: 46%


Aug. 4:

Arizona primaries

Kansas primaries


Michigan primaries

Missouri primaries

Washington primaries

Aug. 6: 

Tennesse primaries

Aug. 8:

Hawaii primaries

Aug. 11:

Connecticut primaries

Minnesota primaries

Vermont primaries

Wisconsin primaries

Georgia primary runoffs

Aug. 18:

Alaska primaries

Florida primaries

Wyoming primaries

Aug. 17-20:

Democratic National Convention

Aug. 24-27:

Republican National Convention

Sept. 1:

Massachusetts primaries

Sept. 8:

New Hampshire primaries

Rhode Island primaries