Bidens vice president shortlist emerges, as Demings says shes being vetted
A growing number of contenders to be Joe Biden’s vice presidential nominee indicated Thursday that they’ve advanced to a round of intense vetting, suggesting that a shortlist for the slot is taking shape.
Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., has formally begun interviewing with the Biden campaign for the vice presidential nomination and that the vetting process is underway, a source with direct knowledge told NBC News Thursday.
“If Vice President Biden asked me to serve along with him, I would be honored to do just that,” she said.
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Demings has represented an Orlando-area district — a key territory in the critical battleground state of Florida — since 2017. Earlier in her career, she was the police chief of Orlando. She also served as a House manager during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
The Biden team’s interest in Shaheen was first reported by Manchester, N.H., ABC affiliate WMUR, which also reported that Maggie Hassan, the state’s other Democratic senator, has agreed to be vetted by the Biden campaign for consideration for the vice presidential nomination.
Earlier this week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer disclosed that she has been in touch with Biden’s team. During a “Today” interview Tuesday she said, “it was just an opening conversation.”
Biden has said he expects the vetting process to take five to eight weeks, which would point to an announcement occurring no sooner than July.
“They’re now in the process of thoroughly examining a group of women, all of whom are capable in my view of being president. And there’s about a dozen of them,” Biden said during a virtual fundraiser last week.
Other women who have been frequently mentioned by politicians, strategists and voters include Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Adam Edelman is a political reporter for NBC News.