Biden Campaign Asks Klobuchar to Undergo Vetting Process for VP Nomination

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Posted: May 21, 2020 7:35 PM
Biden Campaign Asks Klobuchar to Undergo Vetting Process for VP Nomination

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The Biden campaign has asked Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to undergo vetting procedures for the vice-presidential nomination, CBS News reported on Thursday. Sen. Klobuchar is reportedly one of several women currently under consideration to be Joe Biden's running mate. 

A senior Biden campaign aide told CBS News that requests for information -- things like tax returns, voting records, public speeches, and personal details about past relationships and possible controversies -- are currently underway. With any luck, they will vet the running mate better than they vetted the candidate

Back in March, Biden committed to choosing a female running mate during a CNN Democratic presidential debate. After Klobuchar abruptly ended her own campaign and endorsed Joe Biden ahead of Super Tuesday, many speculated the Minnesota senator was under serious consideration for the VP spot. 

Then, Klobuchar appeared to slip up during a campaign event in Grand Rapids, Michigan in early March as the senator warmed-up a crowd of Biden supporters. 

"I could not think of a better way to end my candidacy, as hard as it was to do with our beloved staff and everyone else, than to join the tick–" Klobuchar began to say, "–to join the Joe Biden–"

It took the senator several awkward seconds to recover, saying at first that she was only "kidding" before adding, "I was going to say to join the terrific, the terrific, the terrific campaign of Joe Biden."

Maybe Klobuchar thought she had it wrapped up in March, but now she's facing some serious competition from two Democratic women who will seemingly stop at nothing to join the ticket: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who's been implementing draconian lockdown orders in a bid to elevate her national profile; and failed politician Stacey Abrams, who says she will have "concerns" with any VP pick that is not a woman of color, presumably anyone other than herself. 

Biden has said he expects his potential VP nominees to be completely vetted by July.