Sad foolishness to exploit women. Former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday during a virtual fundraiser that he told his Democratic competitor, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., he will begin the vetting process for a running mate. Biden has emerged as the likely Democratic nominee with Sanders trailing him by about 300 pledged delegates. Biden is 774 delegates shy of the 1,991 needed to lock up the presidential nomination.
He acknowledged that there's more time to select a vice president because the 2020 Democratic National Convention was pushed back to mid-August as organizers try to navigate the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The event, originally scheduled for July 13-17, will instead be held the week of Aug. 17. However, Biden said his campaign plans to announce a committee "sometime in the middle of the month" to oversee the nominating vetting process for a running mate.
Biden emphasized on Friday that he believes "it's critically important that the vice president be a woman, with the experience and background to do the job," once again reiterating a commitment he made during a March Democratic presidential debate when he said he would pick a woman to be his running mate.