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Joe Biden picks first black and first female running mate

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Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate – putting her on ticket to be first black and first female vice-president.

Joe Biden has picked Kamala Harris as his running mate to help him try to defeat President Donald Trump this November.

Biden informed supporters of his choice via text message.

‘Joe Biden here. Big news: I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate. Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump,’ he wrote.

In all, 11 women are said to have been considered, a mix of senators, governors, mayors and members of Congress. Some have already been informed they are not the choice. Biden personally called Rep. Karen Bass to tell her she is not the pick, CNN reported.

The vetting team advising Biden – led by former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd – was reported to have ended its work on Monday.

And Biden himself has not shown his hand, joking around with reporters in public appearances over the weekend but offering no indication of who he would chose. He has spoken with all the contenders either in person or remotely due to restrictions in place by the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Biden campaign staff are preparing for an announcement in ‘the middle of the week,’ The New York Times reported, while pointing out that Biden ‘has not been known for his punctuality so far in the presidential race and the timeline could well slip again.’

The presumptive Democratic nominee originally said he would announce his running mate the first week of August but that timeline has been pushed back.

He’s also vowed to name a woman to the ticket and pressure is increasing on him to name a black woman, particularly in the wake of the death of George Floyd, which has seen Black Lives Matter demonstrations spring up around the country.

Hundreds of influential black leaders, celebrities and organizers have sent missives to the Biden campaign asking him to chose a black woman, The Washington Post reported, and warned him he will lose the election without one by his side.

‘Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means YOU WILL lose the election,’ read a letter more than 100 prominent black men sent to the Biden Team. ‘Vice President Biden: don’t take that risk. Black women are defining the future of politics so it’s time you let one define the future of your campaign.’

Signers include rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, radio show host Lenard McKelvey (a.k.a. Charlamagne tha God), actor Cedric Kyles (a.k.a. Cedric the Entertainer), and commentator Van Jones.

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