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Joe Biden needs his Joe Biden. Here's a look at the women who could be on his vice presidential shortlist

WASHINGTON - Joe Biden, the alleged Democratic candidate, is looking for his Joe Biden.

With Senator Bernie Sanders out of the race, the former vice president will soon begin selecting a runner-up as the Democratic primary nears its end. Biden had previously noted that he hopes to have surgery by the second or third week of this month to do the background checks.

Biden last month during a CNN debate about having a woman as a potential vice president. During an interview on "The View" on March 24th, Biden said he has a short list of "about 12 to 15 women who I think will qualify as president tomorrow."

"But I think we'll narrow the list down to around 11," he added.

Since he committed to picking a woman to play with, several names have been revealed, including some of his former Democratic opponents such as Sens. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren.

Biden has spoken openly about a few other candidates he is considering, including Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and has said he sought advice from former President Barack Obama on that decision.

During a virtual fundraiser last Wednesday, Biden said Obama told him to find someone who has experience where the former Vice President is missing, a dynamic that works well between the two.

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"And so I will need a Vice President who has the capacity to have strengths where I have weaknesses," he said during the remarks at the virtual fundraiser. Biden has noted in the past that he is looking for a vice presidential candidate to be “simpatico” with.

Here's a look at some of the women mentioned as possible runmates for Biden. Everyone would be the first female Vice President in United States history if the Democrats won the White House in November.

Stacey Abrams

Abrams was Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2018. After losing that race by a fraction of the total votes, she announced a nonprofit called Fair Fight 2020 that will staff and fund voter protection teams in battlefield states across the country. She is also the former Georgia House of Representatives minority leader.

Abrams initially said she had no interest in running for the vice-presidency, but recently said she would be “honored” to be Biden's runner-up.

"I would be honored to be a runner-up on the campaign," she told the Pod Save America podcast hosted by former members of the Obama administration last week. “But this is a process that you cannot promote and that I am not campaigning for. I am just direct. "

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In March 2019, Biden met with Abrams before announcing that he would run for president. Their meeting sparked speculation that the former vice president would jump into the race (which he did a month later) and that Abrams would eventually be his runner-up. There were also rumors that Abrams would jump into the 2020 presidential primaries himself.

If elected, she would be the first black woman on a major party presidential ticket.

Tammy Baldwin

The Wisconsin Senator is the first openly gay person to be elected to the Senate and comes from a major state that Democrats must win in November. Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016 and it is considered a battlefield state where both Republicans and Democrats have invested resources.

On Tuesday, Biden was named the Wisconsin Democratic primary winner and a Liberal judge threw off a Conservative incumbent on the state Supreme Court who sees some Democrats optimistic about the party's chances in the general election. Baldwin approved of Biden Wednesday.

Baldwin has been a Senator for Badger State since 2012. She was re-elected in 2018 and won 11 points just two years after Trump won the government. Baldwin was previously a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and also served in the US House of Representatives for Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District.

Val Demings

Demings, a two-time member of Congress, told the Washington Post last month, "It is such an honor" that her name was mentioned as a possible choice for vice president.

Before Demings was elected to Congress in 2016, he was head of the Orlando Police Department, the first woman to hold the position. If elected, she would also be the first black woman on a major party presidential ticket.

Demings, who led the House's impeachment efforts against Trump, is also from a swing state: Florida. Trump won that state in 2016, and the Republicans were successful again in the meantime in 2018. In addition, black voters, especially black women, have been a crucial part of Biden's success and a crucial group in democratic politics for years.

“I grew up the daughter of a maid and a janitor. I grew up poor, black, and feminine in the south, someone who has often been told that I'm not the right color or the right gender. But my mother nudged me and said, “No, you can do it. If you work hard and stick to the rules, you can be anything you want and do anything you want, ”Demings told the Post. "The fact that my name is mentioned in such a special way for such an important position at such a critical time is a great honor."

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Tammy Duckworth

Duckworth, a Senator from Illinois, is a veteran who lost both legs in Iraq, a Purple Heart recipient, and the first woman with a disability to be elected to Congress.

In 2018, she also made history as the first female senator to be born in office. Duckworth has also attracted attention for her targeted criticism of Trump, whom she referred to as a "draft dodger" and criticized for "using his privilege" to postpone military service.

Prior to his election to Congress, Duckworth was assistant secretary of public and interstate affairs for the US Department of Veterans Affairs and director of the Illinois Department of Veterans.

Duckworth is the daughter of a Thai mother of Chinese descent and the first Asian-American woman on a major party presidential ticket.

Kamala Harris

Despite her viral clash in a debate early on in the presidential campaign, Biden hasn't quelled speculation that Harris might land on the Democratic ticket.

“I am so happy that you will be part of this partnership in the future. Together we can make great strides, ”he told Harris last week at a virtual fundraiser after she introduced him. "I'm coming for you boy."

He previously said "of course" that he would consider Harris a runner-up.

“Senator Harris has the ability to be anything she wants to be. I mean it sincerely, ”Biden told reporters in December shortly after Harris dropped out of elementary school. “She is solid. She may be president herself one day. She can be the vice president. She can still serve as a Supreme Court judge. She can be the attorney general. I mean, she has tremendous abilities. "

Earlier this month, Harris supported Biden's campaign ahead of Super Tuesday, where he won 10 of the 14 competitions.

"I have decided with great enthusiasm to support Joe Biden as President of the United States," Harris said in a video statement at the time. “I believe in Joe. I really believe in him and have known him for a long time. "

Prior to his election to the Senate, Harris was California's first attorney general. Prior to that, she was the San Francisco District Attorney.

If elected, she would be the first black woman and the first Asian-American woman on a major party presidential ticket.

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Michelle Lujan Grisham

The New Mexico governor isn't one of the most iconic politicians on the list, but he has a long history in politics.

Lujan Grisham, the country's only non-white Democratic governor, was elected governor in 2018. She was previously a member of Congress for six years, representing New Mexico. For two years she was chairman of the Hispanic Caucus of Congress.

Lujan Grisham is also part of a prominent New Mexico political family. Her uncle Manuel Lujan Jr. was the home secretary in the administration of George H. W. Bush, and her grandfather Eugene Lujan was the chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Lujan Grisham, who is Hispanic, could also support Biden's contact with Latino voters, a group that was largely supportive of Sanders in the primary.

When Lujan Grisham was asked on CNN Sunday if she might be selected for the ticket, she said she would "do anything to support a Biden administration".

“I want to be the governor of New Mexico,” she said before adding, “I will do everything I can to support a Biden government, and I look forward to a federal administration that is national in good times and national in good times Can implement strategy. " in bad times. "

If elected, she would be the first Latina on a major party presidential ticket.

Amy Klobuchar

The Senator from Minnesota exceeded expectations with third place in the New Hampshire Democratic Elementary School and gained grounded grip after her debating performance. But she dropped out of the Democratic race before Super Tuesday and supported Biden on the same day.

Klobuchar has been promoting Biden since then, but last month she told The View that she hadn't spoken to him about being a potential runner-up.

“There are great women all over the country and nobody knows if he's Vice President better than Joe Biden,” she said.

Klobuchar was the district attorney for Hennepin County, Minnesota's most populous country, before he was elected to the Senate in 2006.

Catherine Cortez Masto

Biden has reportedly said the Nevada Senator is in his "top three" as a runner-up.

According to Mediate, Biden was discussing Cortez Masto as a possible choice with former Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who vouched for the senator.

Cortez Masto, the first U.S. Senator from Latina, could also help Biden get support from Latino voters. She was first elected to the Senate in 2016. Prior to that, she was Attorney General in Nevada.

If elected, Cortez Masto would be the first Latina on a major party presidential ticket.

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Elizabeth Warren

Warren, who supported Biden on Wednesday morning, is flown out as a possible running mate.

Warren could help Biden's deal with the Democratic Party. She ran as a progressive and retains some of her support among Democratic voters, while Biden heralded more moderate politics.

Additionally, Warren was the first choice among voters as a possible campaigner in an Economist / YouGov poll on March 25.

Twenty-seven percent of Democratic voters said they would like to see Warren as a vice-presidential candidate. The next closest contender was Harris with 18%.

Prior to his election to the Senate in 2012, Warren was a professor of law at Harvard and headed the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection under President Barack Obama. She was the first female senator to be elected from Massachusetts.

Gretchen Whitmer

Biden has publicly stated that the Michigan governor is on his shortlist.

Whitmer has found herself in the national spotlight lately after the backlash she received from Trump for her criticism of the government's coronavirus response. Biden, who named Whitmer governor in 2018, has repeatedly praised Whitmer and how she has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic in her state. She performed with Harris and Sen. Cory Booker outside Michigan Elementary School in March.

Just last week Whitmer followed Biden on his podcast.

Bu Whitmer previously said she won't be Biden's runner-up.

“I'm going to help him at the vet and make sure he has a great run mate. I won't be, ”she told MSNBC last month. "But I will help ensure that he has the well-rounded ticket that can win."

This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: 2020 Voting: Joe Biden Runmate not yet selected but speculation is swirling