Joe Biden’s pick for vice president seemingly revealed by Politico blunder
Joe Biden’s choice for vice president of the United States appears to have been revealed prematurely, thanks to a blunder from US media.
Today Politico published a rather eye-catching update to its article tracking the frontrunners to join Mr Biden’s ticket as the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee.
“Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on August 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to his chest for months,” Politico said.
“In his announcement, Biden called Harris ‘a worthy opponent and a worthy running mate,’ alluding to the pair’s rivalry during the earlier stages of the Democratic primary.
“She will bring her experience as a prosecutor, household name recognition, and skill as a debater to the ticket.”
Obviously, August 1 has not happened yet, and Mr Biden has not yet made any such announcement.
Politico promptly changed the article back to its previous iteration, which outlined the arguments for and against picking Ms Harris.
But it was too late – people had already noticed.
Ms Harris, a US Senator and former prosecutor, has long been considered the frontrunner for the vice presidential nomination.
Mr Biden has explicitly promised to choose a woman, and has strongly indicated he would prefer someone who will bring racial diversity to the ticket.
Other names on the rumoured shortlist are Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Representative Val Demings and former White House national security adviser Susan Rice.
At a campaign event today, Mr Biden told reporters he would name his choice “the first week in August”, which would line up with the date mentioned by Politico.
More to come.