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Who will be Joe Biden's running mate?


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Who will be Joe Biden's running mate?

The next major event in the US 2020 presidential campaign cycle will be when Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, announces his running mate.

Mr Biden, the former US vice president, has said he will come to a decision around August 1.

Given Mr Biden's age - he turns 78 in November - his choice of running mate could be more consequential than for any previous presidential candidate.

If elected, Mr Biden will be the oldest ever US president to enter office. He has already been forced to confront questions over his cognitive abilities, which he insists are regularly tested and proven by the gruelling campaign schedule.

Nevertheless, there has been some speculation that Mr Biden may commit himself to a one-term presidency. In the event that that happens, his Vice President would be his most natural successor to fight the next election.

Mr Biden has pledged to choose a woman, and with America in the throes of racial justice protests there is also pressure on the Democrat to choose a woman of colour.

Mr Biden indicated that he was aware of the public mood in a speech on Tuesday, when he told supporters that a range of racially diverse candidates featured his list of contenders.

"There are a number of women of colour, there are Latino women, there are Asian, across the board," Mr Biden said at the event in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.

Choosing a woman would help Mr Biden capitalise on the support Democrats built among suburban women in the 2018 Midterm elections. It may also provide a counterpoint to the criticism of his behaviour towards women.

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Joe is going to be 78 going on 88, no wonder he doesn't know any of the names on his VP list.

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