Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, has been asked by Joe Biden to undergo a formal vetting to be considered his vice president, with one of several potential candidates now being screened by his aides before the final decision, according to people familiar with the move.
In an interview with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night, Biden said “no one has been checked by the team yet”, but confirmed that the initial preliminary work to measure interest “is over now”.
Biden said the “invasive” screening process would begin soon.
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The request for information from potential competitors such as Klobuchar is “underway,” a senior Biden campaign aide told CBS News. If the potential candidate agrees, she must be prepared to undergo a rigorous multi-week review of her public and private life and work by a hand-picked group of Biden trustees who will review tax returns, public statements, voting records, past personal connections. and potentially scandalous details of her past.
Although several of them are expected to agree to the test, at least one potential competitor has given up. Senator Jean Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire who is running for re-election this year, declined Biden’s invitation to be considered by someone familiar with her decision. But Senator Maggie Hassan, the other senator from New Hampshire, agreed to be checked, according to local news.
Hassan said in a statement Thursday that “flattered Vice President Biden has publicly mentioned my name as someone he would think. I will not comment on his trial, whatever it is. My focus continues to serve the NH people in the US Senate every day. . “
Biden pledged during the first-round debate in March to choose a woman for his running mate, and had previously said the list of women was about a dozen. The selection process is expected to be closely monitored, given that Biden’s election could determine the course of Democratic Party policy over the next few years. The 77-year-old former vice president would be the oldest man ever elected to the White House and has not pledged to seek a second term if he wins the presidency, meaning his vice president will be the preferred candidate in the 2024 election, or positioned to lead the package in 2028.
Biden publicly credits Klobuchar for strong debate performances and for helping him win Minnesota, a victory that came only after she and other contenders were eliminated just hours before March in first-class Super Tuesday games that helped bring Biden to leading position. He is set to formally run for president next month after several states hold primers postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Confirmation that the process is ongoing comes as several potential working friends have confirmed or denied hints in recent days that they are in the mix.
On Thursday, a spokesman for Val Demings, a Florida Democrat who represents the Orlando region and was once the city’s police chief, said in a radio interview that “I’m on the shortlist and I’m honored to be on the shortlist. “
“If Vice President Biden asked me to work with him, I would be honored to do just that,” Demings said on the Dean Obeidal Show on SiriusXM.
Newsletters also reported that New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham had told staff she was being checked for work, something her aides flatly denied. And Senator Richard J. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, told reporters last week that his Lincoln counterpart, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, should also be interviewed by Biden’s team, a statement that Duckworth also helps.
As is well known, “vapestacks” involve a certain level of public campaign, fueled by glowing profiles in magazines and newspapers, and public pressure campaigns by interest groups.
VoteVets, a liberal veterans’ organization, is pushing for Duckworth to be considered, while Latin American leaders are pushing for Lujan Grisham and Nevada Senator Catherine Cortes Masto, the country’s first Latina senator. Several prominent African-American leaders close to Biden have called for Demings, Senator Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, a former Georgia lawmaker Stacey Abrams, or a former national security adviser, Susan Rice.
Biden entrusted a team of four to lead the selection process: former Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut; Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, Delaware Democrat; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; and former White House and Biden Senate adviser Cynthia Hogan. Former White House adviser Bob Bauer, campaign general adviser Dana Remus and former country security adviser Lisa Monaco will also provide Biden with information and information about the candidates, according to the campaign.
Biden said he expects the investigation to be completed by July – and appears to be receiving advice from the man who once eavesdropped on him for role number 2, former President Barack Obama.
“I need someone who will be, as Barak said, a sympathizer with me, who is a real partner in progress and is ready to be president for a moment,” Biden said recently. “There are a lot of women who have experience doing this job.”
Nicole Sganga contributed to this report.