WASHINGTON – More potential vice president contenders emerged Thursday as being on the short list or having advanced to the vetting stage to become Joe Biden's running mate, multiple news outlets report.
CBS News first reported that Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has been asked by Biden's campaign to undergo a formal vetting to be considered for the veep slot.
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It’s not yet clear if Klobuchar, who ran for the 2020 Democratic nomination herself, has consented to the vetting, however, CBS reported that the request for such information from potential running mates like Klobuchar "is underway."
The vetting process will be handled by Biden's vice presidential selection committee, which includes four co-chairs: former U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd; U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; and Cynthia Hogan, former White House and Senate counsel to Biden.
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Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., also said she was on Biden's short list, while NBC News reported that she has begun the vetting process.
“I am on the short list and I’m honored to be on the short list,” Demings said during an interview on SiriusXM’s "The Dean Obeidallah Show." “I have dedicated my life to public service. I chose tough jobs. I worked right out of college as a social worker, for 27 years at the police department and had the honor of serving as the Chief of Police. Now I am in Congress. I am trying hard every day to do that job right so we can take care of the people who are struggling in this community the most.
“If Vice President Biden asked me to serve along with him, I would be honored to do just that.”
Demings, who was one of seven impeachment managers to oversee President Donald Trump’s trial in the Senate, was first elected to the House in 2016.
She represents a district in the Orlando area, which is an important territory in the crucial battleground state of Florida.
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Besides Klobuchar and Demings, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that she has had "a conversation with some folks" connected to Biden's campaign about being his running mate, but she stopped short of saying she is being seriously vetted for the job.
But Whitmer's comments to NBC's "Today" news host Craig Melvin were among the first in which she has suggested vetting had started and that the campaign has talked to her about it.
Asked if she could provide more details about the discussions, Whitmer described it as "an opening conversation and ... not something I could call a professional, formalized vetting."
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Factoring into the decision could be one of the biggest battlegrounds of the election: suburban swing districts, particularly in Midwestern states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that Trump carried in 2016. That dynamic has elevated Klobuchar and Whitmer as contenders.
Some other speculations include Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House minority leader and onetime gubernatorial candidate, as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who is popular among liberals.
The presumptive Democratic nominee vowed in March to pick a woman as his vice presidential running mate.
Contributing: Joey Garrison, Rebecca Morrin