May 29, 2016

Top Donald Trump adviser Paul Manafort is gently walking back his Wednesday assertion that the presumptive Republican nominee wouldn't choose a male person of color or a woman as a running mate because that would be "pandering."

In an interview with ABC's This Week on Sunday, Manafort clarified that candidates from those groups wouldn't be omitted from Trump's list of potential running mates; rather, they just won't earn spots on the list solely because of their race or gender.

"If a female is qualified, that's a totally different story," he said. "And there are many Republican women who are qualified, and several who might be on the list."

Manafort also confirmed that Trump is seeking a vice president with Washington, D.C., experience. Julie Kliegman

May 21, 2016

Mark Cuban would "absolutely" consider signing on as Hillary Clinton's running mate if asked, the billionaire entrepreneur told NBC's Meet the Press in an interview set to air Sunday.

He'd want the Democratic presidential frontrunner to move more toward the center of the aisle before joining her ticket, though.

"If she's willing to listen, if she's willing to hear other sides of things, then I'm wide open to discussing it," the Dallas Mavericks owner said.

Watch Cuban discuss his vice presidential prospects below. Julie Kliegman

October 12, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden hasn't yet decided whether he'll vie for the Democratic presidential nomination, and CNN's debate Tuesday will go on with or without him (probably without him).

But the network is so prepared for a last-minute change of plans in Las Vegas, they've got an extra lectern on hand:

When CNN announced debate criteria in September, the network made it clear Biden was welcome to join, should he declare his candidacy. But assuming the veep skips out, frontrunner Hillary Clinton will duke it out with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and a host of less formidable opponents: former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb. Julie Kliegman

September 21, 2015

Some prominent Democratic donors are getting increasingly antsy waiting to see if Vice President Joe Biden will jump into the presidential race. In his first news interview since his son Beau died in May, Biden told America Media the decision to launch a campaign isn't his alone to make.

"You have no right, as an individual, to decide to run," he said. "Your whole family is implicated, your whole family is engaged and so, for us, it's a family decision. And I just have to be comfortable that this will be good for the family."

Biden's comments were similar to those he made in a recent interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which focused heavily on his family's grief and what it means to fully commit to a presidential run.

"It's not like I can rush it," Biden told America Media.

Biden also discussed being pro-choice as a practicing Catholic and his excitement over Pope Francis' upcoming U.S. visit. Watch the full interview below. Julie Kliegman

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