Sen. Elizabeth Warren is among four candidates most likely to join Joe Biden’s ticket as his vice president, according to CNN.
Biden has promised to pick a woman as a running mate, and in under intense pressure to pick a woman of color.
The search is being conducted under strict secrecy, with most campaign aides, donors and even many longtime Biden friends intentionally kept in the dark. Yet CNN spoke to more than a dozen people close to the Biden search process who believe that four of the leading prospects are Sen. Kamala Harris
of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren
of Massachusetts, Rep. Val Demings
of Florida and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
“The whole way that (issues of race) have come to fro is having a real, serious impact on the search,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn, a top Democrat in the House with deep ties to the Biden campaign. “You can do a search in order to check a box or you can do a search to get a running mate. I think this search is going to be genuine about getting a running mate rather than checking a box.”
Separate teams of lawyers assigned to each of the contenders are nearing the closing stages of reviewing three distinct types of records — written, financial and medical — in their background checks, according to people involved in the process. Members of the search committee have done extensive interviews with several candidates, the sources tell CNN, but Biden is not likely to sit down with finalists until mid-to-late July, with an announcement expected in early August.
“The colonoscopy of the vetting is now occurring,” a Democratic official involved in the process said, speaking on condition of anonymity to adhere to the privacy surrounding the selection.