Joe Biden Is Getting Very Close to Announcing His Running Mate: 'The First Week in August'

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Former Vice President Joe Biden told reporters on Tuesday he is getting very close to announcing his running mate to face President Donald Trump in November's election — but he suggested the timing is his and his alone. Everyone else will have to wait and see.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was asked about his ticket while taking questions during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, about his "Build Back Better economic agenda" to "deal with systemic racism and advance racial equity."

A reporter asked Biden, 77, about the time-table for a selection for his vice presidential candidate, how many finalists he was reviewing and if he would be able to meet them in person during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

"What I said was that I’m gonna have a choice in the first week in August, and I promise I’ll let you know when I do," he replied.

He also joked about the difficulty about even trying to meet with potential running mates, given the media scrutiny: "I'm gonna try to figure out how to trick y’all so I can meet with them in person. You got crews outside my house — I don’t think it matters, actually."

More seriously, he said "we’ll see" about meeting the candidates in person.

Along with Biden's answer on Tuesday about the timing of his pick, he fueled further speculation on Harris' prospects when photographs showed his notes for the event and the question-and-answer included positive talking points about her.

However, on Monday Politico had published a story quoting a member of Biden's search committee speaking critically of Harris.

Biden's notes from Tuesday called Harris "talented" and a "great help to [the] campaign." His notes also mentioned "Department of Justice Reform" and other issues.

A Biden campaign spokesman did not comment on the record.

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