The Democratic Party’s virtual White House candidate Joe Biden has added people he trusts to the team who will accompany his future runner-up, whose appointment could be a matter of hours or days, according to various North American media outlets.
Liz Allen, spokeswoman for Biden during his tenure as Barack Obama’s “number two”, will carry the message from the woman who will accompany the candidate as a candidate for the November vice presidency. Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden’s current advisor, will serve as chief of staff for her future partner on a team that includes Sheila Nix, advisor to the former vice president.
Biden, who has promised to choose a woman as a partner, has intensified contacts with the current candidates in the past few days, although the names have not been officially disclosed. Names ringing in the pools include Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, as well as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
A source close to Biden, in statements to The Hill, has defended that Harris, Biden’s rival in the primaries, is a “low risk” election as he has no controversy behind his back and influence in Congress. Warren would be the go-to place for progressives, although the media has speculated that Biden will go for an African American woman.
More than a hundred influential black men signed an open letter on Monday asking Biden to consider racial issues. “If you didn’t vote for a black woman in 2020, it means you would lose the election,” they warned in the text, according to CNN.