Much speculation has surrounded presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate selection process in recent weeks.
Facing mounting pressure to declare his pick, the former vice president announced this week that he would make his choice public next week — in time for him to formally accept the party’s nomination at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
Kamala Harris emerges as top contender
While his decision is apparently imminent, Politico jumped the gun when it posted an article asserting that Biden had already chosen U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to fill out the party’s presidential ticket.
Harris has consistently been atop the reported shortlist of candidates Biden has considered throughout the process.
A photo showing Biden with a list of talking points supportive of the senator and his one-time Democratic primary challenger fueled rumors that Harris is indeed the likeliest choice. Harris has faced criticism of her own, however, largely based on her record as a former prosecutor.
Biden has indicated that he would choose a woman of color to serve as his running mate, something which could bolster his performance among key voting demographics.
His decision could prove critical as he battles a series of challenges in the path to achieving what some pundits believe should be an easy victory over President Donald Trump.
The impact of Biden’s choice
With limited public appearances during the coronavirus pandemic, a number of gaffes have attracted increased media scrutiny. Press briefings and campaign events have been marked by Biden appearing sleepy, stumbling over words, and otherwise behaving strangely.
His campaign has also struggled to build enthusiasm among Democratic voters, so a compelling running mate could inject some much-needed excitement into his latest bid.
While Politico posted its article by mistake, blaming a “technical error,” it is possible that the information was based on a credible source and was simply published prematurely.
Only time will tell on which contender Biden will ultimately settle — and whether it will make a noticeable difference in November’s election. Harris might be the favorite among prognosticators, but the campaign could be preparing a surprise announcement.
Based on his latest remarks, however, voters will not be waiting long to find out.