The Race for No. 2
March 26, 2020

While reportedly setting up video equipment in Delaware over four days, former Vice President Joe Biden was apparently mulling over possible running mates.

Biden told former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is one of his "top three" choices should he win the Democratic presidential nomination, Mediaite reported Thursday.

Reid, who was also a longtime senator representing Nevada, is reportedly nudging Biden toward choosing Cortez Masto as his VP, and Biden's campaign apparently feels she would be a strong choice and could help expand Biden's popularity among Latinx voters. Biden publicly committed to choosing a woman as his vice president if nominated over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), sparking endless speculation over who that woman might be. CNBC says Biden's "business allies" are hoping for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) or Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), two former presidential candidates themselves. The Washington Post, meanwhile, said Biden's shortlist probably included Cortez Masto, but also named more well-known Democrats like former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Biden's campaign declined to dispute Mediaite's reporting, simply saying he would vigorously vet candidates.

New York magazine wrote that Biden is spending his "coronavirus bunker" time "thinking a lot" about a potential VP, and taking lots of calls from supporters and Democratic strategists who are pushing Biden to pick their candidate of choice. None of those calls, however, resulted in much reported information on whether Biden had narrowed his list.

Biden told The View on Tuesday his "short" list was between "12 and 15" names, but if his reported statement to Reid is to be believed, he's done a lot of whittling in the past few days. Read more at Mediaite and New York. Summer Meza

April 21, 2016

With Hillary Clinton the closest of anyone in the 2016 race to having secured her party's nomination, political observers are speculating about whom she would pick as her running mate. Names often mentioned include Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told The Boston Globe on Wednesday that Clinton would look for "the best person to make the case to the American people," but dropped one tantalizing clue: "We'll start with a broad list and then begin to narrow it. But there is no question that there will be women on that list."

There are many women in politics, but one name jumps out immediately: progressive icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Warren would have her drawbacks, says The Globe's Annie Linskey, including that she may prefer Sen. Bernie Sanders, she might not want the job, she would leave a vacancy in the Senate, and having two women on the ticket may be risky. "Men will fight to retain their dominance," suggested New York Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon. "They can't handle one woman on the ticket; what makes you think they could handle two?" Peter Weber

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