Biden wants a woman to be his running mate

Washington, April 15

Presumptive Democratic US presidential nominee Joe Biden, who has vowed to pick a woman to join his ticket, said he would appoint a committee this month to help him vet possible running mates.

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The former vice-president to Barack Obama has said he would consider six to around a dozen candidates, including several of his former rivals for the party’s nomination to face Republican President Donald Trump in the November 3 election.

Biden, 77, has said the candidate should be someone who could step into the presidency if needed. He also has sought advice from Obama, who formally endorsed Biden on Tuesday.

No woman has ever served as vice-president, although two mdash; Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Republican Sarah Palin in 2008 mdash; were major-party nominees.

Women who are likely to be considered include Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Lujan Grisham, Senator from Nevada Cortez Masto, former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and Representative Val Demings.

Biden suggested he would consider her as his running mate, but allies note his stance that the vice-president must be ready on “Day One” to be president. mdash; Reuters