Biden says he'll name a running mate next week
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he'll announce his running mate "the first week in August."
The big picture: Last week, Biden seemed to back away from his timeline of early August, but he recommitted to it Tuesday at a speech in Delaware announcing his plans for fighting systemic racism.
- "I promise, I’ll let you know when I do," Biden joked with reporters about his decision.
- Biden played coy on whether he would interview finalists in person and if he'd wear a mask: "Well, we'll see," he said.
- He said he hadn't been tested for COVID-19.
Where it stands: Biden has pledged to name a woman as his running mate, and last week told MSNBC that among the finalists are "four Black women."
- His team has been vetting Sen. Kamala Harris, former national security adviser Susan Rice, and Reps. Val Demings and Karen Bass as potential running mates.
- He told MSNBC last week that he would meet the finalists in person, promising “personal discussions with each of the candidates who are left and make a decision.”