Politico accidentally reports Biden chose Harris as running mate: 'We regret the error and any confusion'

Politico issued an apology for reporting that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he is 'seriously' considering a capital gains tax cut Why Joe Biden is in trouble Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE had chosen Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick The Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Sens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' MORE (D-Calif.) to be his running mate, with the publication saying it regretted "the error and any confusion that it caused."

"Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to the chest for months," Politico wrote in the now-deleted report.

"In his announcement, Biden called Harris 'a worthy opponent and a worthy running mate,' alluding to the pair’s rivalry during the earlier stages of the Democratic primary. She will bring her experience as a prosecutor, household name recognition, and skill as a debater to the ticket," the news outlet added.

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The report was deleted after being flagged on Tuesday by Mark Bednar, who serves as spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief A trillion stimulus, but Kevin McCarthy for renewable energy — leading businesses want to change that When will telling the truth in politics matter again? MORE (R-Calif.).

"For a brief period yesterday afternoon, placeholder text was mistakenly published to the site," Brad Dayspring, Politico's vice president of marketing and communications, told The Hill. "Our standard practice is to use 'lorem ipsum' as placeholder text. In this instance, that did not happen. We regret the error and any confusion that it caused."

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Biden's running mate is expected to be announced next week ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which is slated to begin Aug. 17.

Harris is considered to be near the top of Biden's shortlist, along with Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassHarris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick The Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Charlamagne Tha God, others urge Biden to pick Black female VP MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for coronavirus over two weeks last month | Democrats deny outreach to Trump since talks collapsed | California public health chief quits suddenly On The Money: Administration defends Trump executive orders | CBO reports skyrocketing deficit | Government pauses Kodak loan pending review Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthWillie Brown: Kamala Harris should 'politely decline' any offer to be Biden's running mate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Negotiators signal relief bill stuck, not dead Hillary Clinton labels Trump coronavirus executive actions a 'stunt' MORE (D-Ill.) and former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice.

--This report was updated on July 30 at 5:42 a.m.