Democrat nominee Joe Biden announced on Monday that he’s finally narrowed his vice-presidential search down to four candidates after months of wild speculation.
“I am not committed to naming any but the people I’ve named, and among them, there are four black women,” Biden told MSNBC Monday. “It is important that my administration, I promise you, will look like America.”
The Washington Examiner reported that “Florida Rep. Val Demings, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice are among the potential black women in the final stages of consideration.”
Biden is slated to announce his choice before the Democrat National Convention in mid-August. He announced his intention to choose a female running mate as the primaries began to heat up, but only recently committed to choosing a woman of color.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), one of Biden’s previous top contenders, made headlines last month by publically stepping away from consideration in order to allow a woman of color to step forward.
The move appeared to strategically eliminate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer from the running as well.
Biden has reportedly given himself a rough deadline of officially choosing a running mate before August 1.