Biden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip

Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE’s presidential campaign confirmed Saturday that he has not yet picked a running mate after the former vice president was seen on video quipping to a reporter about his 2020 selection.

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy caught Biden on a bike trail in Delaware on Saturday morning. Biden initially responded in the affirmative when asked if he had picked a running mate before jokingly telling the reporter that he had chosen him to be his running mate.

“Folks, this is clearly a joke,” campaign spokesperson TJ Ducklo said after tweets went viral stating Biden had picked is No. 2. “When Vice President Biden has made a decision on who his running mate will be, he will let the American people know. And can confirm, it's not @pdoocy of @FoxNews.”

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Anticipation has grown over who Biden will select as his running mate, with the former vice president expected to make a decision as soon as this weekend, sources have told The Hill.

Biden’s campaign had initially said a pick for vice president would be made by Aug. 1, though that deadline was pushed back several times, and the campaign now says a running mate will be officially announced before the Democratic National Convention begins on Aug. 17.

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The former vice president is known to be mulling a number of Democrats, though has given no indication exactly how many are under consideration or who would be considered a front-runner.

Under consideration are Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTexas Democratic official urges Biden to visit state: 'I thought he had his own plane' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements A game theorist's advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat MORE (D-Calif.), Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies John Fogerty: 'Confounding' that Trump campaign played 'Fortunate Son' at rally MORE (D-Ill.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Warren, Khanna request IG investigation into Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds MORE (D-Mass.); Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds Democrats push to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police Outrage erupts over Breonna Taylor grand jury ruling MORE (D-Calif.) and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsFlorida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response Demings slams GOP coronavirus relief bill: Americans 'deserve more than the crumbs from the table' MORE (D-Fla.); and former national security adviser Susan Rice, among others.

Biden has not ruled out any of the contenders but is under mounting pressure to pick a Black woman amid the national reckoning over systemic racism and as a way to honor the key role African American voters had in boosting his campaign, which flagged during the early primary season before rebounding in South Carolina.

In a sign the search has heated up and is nearing its final stage, several of the contenders have had to grapple with recent opposition research dumps, including Bass’s past remarks on Cuba and Scientology, Rice’s investment in the company that owns the Keystone XL pipeline project, and internal opposition to Harris, among other stories.