Biden says he’ll have a vice presidential pick next week

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Biden says he’ll have a vice presidential pick next week
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Biden says he’ll have a vice presidential pick next week
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Joe Biden says he’ll have his vice presidential pick ready “the first week in August,” which is next week. That would be days before he’s expected to accept the Democratic nomination during the Democratic National Convention.

He made the announcement in his home state of Delaware during a campaign event Tuesday. Biden had originally held out early August as a timeline for announcing his running mate, but appeared to back off on that last week.

The former vice president has already committed to picking a woman running mate.

Biden’s short list has included names like Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Michigan Governnor Gretchen Whitmer, Representative Val Demings, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujah Grisham and former national security adviser Susan Rice.

During the event, which was a rollout of part of his economic plan, Biden also spoke out against violence on the streets during some of the nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death. He said “arsonists and anarchists would be prosecuted” and blamed President Trump, who he said is “determined to stoke division and chaos” because “his campaign is failing and he is looking for a political lifeline.”

“Peaceful protesters should be protected and arsonists and anarchists would be prosecuted,” Biden said, adding that “local law enforcement can do that,” an implicit criticism of the president’s deployment of federal officers to cities to try to control the protests.

“When President Obama and I were in office we protected federal property,” Biden said. “We were able to do it without the Department of Homeland Security turning into a private militia. And it can be done today, but that wouldn’t help Trump’s political interests. He’s determined to stoke division and chaos. It’s not good for the country, but Donald Trump doesn’t care. His campaign is failing and he is looking for a political lifeline.”

You can read the rest of Bo Erickson and Kathryn Watson’s article at CBSnews.com

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