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WASHINGTON (AP) — As Joe Biden nears the announcement of his vice presidential choice, the top contenders and their advocates are making final appeals.
The campaign hasn’t finalized a date for naming a running mate, but three people who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans said a public announcement likely wouldn’t happen before the week of Aug. 10. That’s one week before Democrats will hold their convention to officially nominate Biden as their presidential nominee.
The article goes on to state the following:
Biden said in May that he hoped to name his pick around Aug. 1 and told reporters this week that he would “have a choice in the first week of August.” He notably stopped short of saying when he would announce that choice.
Bidens shortlist, according to the AP, includes California Sen. Kamala Harris, California Rep. Karen Bass, and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice.
Over 60 Black clergy leaders sent a letter to Biden on Friday, urging him to pick a Black woman as his running mate.
“Too much is at stake for our community and we believe having a Black woman vice presidential candidate is the clearest path to the victory in November that our country needs to move forward,” said, Rev. Matthew Watley, one of the letter’s signers.
ADDITIONAL ELECTION NEWS:
2. Trump campaign, in strategy shift, makes push in early-voting states
NBC News reports: WASHINGTON — The Trump campaign is shifting its strategy to put more focus on early-voting states, according to campaign officials — one of the most noticeable changes so far under the new campaign manager Bill Stepien.
The campaign will start running fresh attack ads Monday in key early-voting states such as Michigan and North Carolina, two officials said, with the assumption that more than half the ballots in 2020 will be cast before Election Day.
“Votes start getting cast in a little over a month,” a campaign official said. “While the clock says 94, 95 days, this election is right on top of us.”
President Trump’s campaign is reorienting its summer TV ad strategy to focus on states that will begin voting sooner than others, after the reelection went dark on TV in an unusual move this week, leaving the airwaves to Joe Biden https://t.co/7ki11FPt7S
— POLITICO (@politico) August 1, 2020
3. Obama emerges as Biden’s hatchet man
Washington Examiner reports: In a role reversal from their eight years together in the White House, Barack Obama has become Joe Biden’s wingman and, in his understated way, his hatchet man.
The former president’s Thursday eulogy for the late Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who was active in the civil rights movement, was a case in point. Obama criticized President Trump and reminded Democrats who they would be letting down if they didn’t elect Biden and a Democratic Senate, urging them to jettison the filibuster — a key institutional obstacle to liberal ambitions — as a “relic of Jim Crow.”
Coming on the heels of Obama’s appearance in a video town hall with his former vice president as well as his wife Michelle’s high-profile new podcast, the two-term Democrat is poised to have a bigger role than any previous ex-president on the campaign trail, including even Bill Clinton when Hillary was the nominee four years ago.
I sat down with @JoeBiden to talk about the most pressing issues of our time. He’s exactly the leader we need right now––with the vision, the plans, and character to move America forward.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 23, 2020
4. Mail Delays Fuel Concern Trump Is Undercutting Postal System Ahead of Voting
The New York Times reports: President Trump’s yearslong assault on the Postal Service and his increasingly dire warnings about the dangers of voting by mail are colliding as the presidential campaign enters its final months. The result has been to generate new concerns about how he could influence an election conducted during a pandemic in which greater-than-ever numbers of voters will submit their ballots by mail.
In tweet after all-caps tweet, Mr. Trump has warned that allowing people to vote by mail will result in a “CORRUPT ELECTION” that will “LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY” and become the “SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES.” He has predicted that children will steal ballots out of mailboxes. On Thursday, he dangled the idea of delaying the election instead.
At the same time, the mail system is being undercut in ways set in motion by Mr. Trump. Fueled by animus for Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and surrounded by advisers who have long called for privatizing the post office, Mr. Trump and his appointees have begun taking cost-cutting steps that appear to have led to slower and less reliable delivery.
Mail delays could mean delays for mail-in ballots, essential supplies, and life-saving medications.
Louis DeJoy is the Betsy DeVos of the Postal Service, and he’s sabotaging his own agency when its work has never been more important. https://t.co/9PNMdvuDIk
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 30, 2020
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