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Biden's Campaign Taps Four Allies to Lead His Running Mate Selection Committee

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) is officially beginning his search for a running mate as his campaign is announcing the four co-chairs assigned to his selection committee.

The four co-chairs include former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D), and former White House and Senate counsel to Vice President Biden, Cynthia Hogan.

Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, released a statement.

“Selecting a vice presidential candidate is one of the most important decisions in a presidential campaign and no one knows this more than Joe Biden,” she wrote.

Dillon added, “These four co-chairs reflect the strength and diversity of our party, and will provide tremendous insight and expertise to what will be a rigorous selection and vetting process. We are grateful for their service to the campaign and for their leadership.” 

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Biden has vowed he will select a woman as his running mate.

According to a press release, the co-chairs “will conduct conversations across the party as well as work with a network of vetting teams.”

The vetting teams will be led by former White House Counsel Bob Bauer, campaign General Counsel Dana Remus, and former Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco.

A few women have volunteered themselves to be Biden’s running mate including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D).

Former First Lady Michelle Obama came to mind as Biden previously said he would “take her in a heartbeat,” as IJR previously reported. However, former Obama White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett has said there is “no chance” that is happening.

Biden continues to rack up notable endorsements.

Former President Barack Obama recently endorsed Biden shortly after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) threw his support behind the former vice president.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also joined Biden’s long list of endorsements.

“I want to add my voice to the many who have endorsed you to be our president,” Clinton said.

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