First Latina Senator asks to be removed from consideration as Biden’s running mate

Democrat Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, the first Latina to win a Senate seat withdrew her name from consideration as running mate to Joe Biden.

“It is an honor to be considered as a potential running mate but I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration,” Cortez Masto said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.

Cortez Masto did not elaborate on her reason for withdrawing.

Per Fox News, “I support Joe Biden 100 percent and will work tirelessly to help get him elected this November. It is an honor to be considered as a potential running mate but I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration,” Cortez Masto, who in 2016 became the first Latina to win a Senate seat, said in a statement obtained by Fox News.

The Democrat said Nevada’s economy is one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus, with the worst unemployment rate in the nation at 28.2 percent. She said she will focus on getting Nevada residents back on their feet.

She did not offer more information about her decision to withdraw.

Cortez Masto is one of more than 10 women whose names have been suggested as possible running mates for Biden, who has committed to picking a woman.

Cortez Masto, 56, was one of the highest-profile Latinas believed to be on Biden’s shortlist of potential running mates. Some activists had suggested she could have helped Biden win over Hispanics whose support could be crucial to winning the presidency in November.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, another Latina, is also believed to be on Biden’s shortlist. Cortez Masto did not endorse Biden until late April.