According to reports today, Biden is not likely to announce who his running mate will be this week. 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.”
The Biden 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.
According to the New York Times and CNN, the announcement will come the week before the Democratic National Convention, which is scheduled for Aug. 17 to 20.
The leading contenders include California Sen. Kamala Harris, California Rep. Karen Bass and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice. These three have emerged as the top contenders for Biden’s running mate. The deliberations remain fluid, however, and the campaign has reviewed nearly a dozen possible running mates.
Harris, who ran for president in the 2020 primary, emerged as an early favorite to be Biden’s vice-presidential pick. However, over the past several weeks, Bass has been moving up Biden’s list along with Rice, according to CNBC.