After eight years as Barack Obama’s No. 2, Joe Biden knows a thing or two about what it takes to succeed as vice president. Now it’s his turn to decide on a running mate.
Though Biden’s vetting process has been closely guarded by a few key aides and the contenders themselves, POLITICO’s reporting has clarified his likeliest picks. He’s expected to announce his choice between Aug. 1 and the start of the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 17.
We know Biden’s bottom line: He wants a partner who shares his policy and governing priorities — who is “simpatico” with him, to use Biden’s well-worn shorthand. He needs his vice president to be able to take responsibility for key administration initiatives, and he has talked about wanting a person whose strengths balance his own. And Biden, who will turn 78 weeks after the November election, has said it’s critical his running mate is ready to be president from the first day.