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Joe Biden running mate – the five most likely picks for US Election 2020

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Joe Biden will run on the Democratic ticket against Donald Trump this year, although he is yet to officially take the position. He secured the position as other candidates dropped out of the party race earlier in 2020. Mr Biden will likely pick a running-mate from the gallery of his former opposition, a position he hopes to announce on August 1.

Kamala Harris

The Californian Senator took to the stage against Mr Biden in the Democratic runoff last year.

She was amongst early favourites to take the candidacy, and blends well with Mr Biden’s politics as well as making a welcome change to the veep as a woman of both black and Indian heritage.

One close confidant to the former Vice said: “Knowing him, Kamala is the best pick for him. Their politics are very similar. I would be surprised if it wasn’t her.”

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Elizabeth Warren

Another strong contender in 2019, Elizabeth Warren clashed with Joe Biden for what she believed was naivety in working with House Republicans.

But she is well-known to Joe Biden and has emerged as an advisor since she dropped out of the race.

Pollsters have found Warren supporters ideologically aligned with Mr Biden, backing him 96-0 against Donald Trump.

Susan Rice

A former national security advisor for the Obama administration, the diplomat is well-suited to run alongside Joe Biden.

She was an ambassador to the United Nations before she offered her services to Mr Obama in 2013, serving from 2009 until she entered the West Wing.

Mrs Rice has criticised “superficial” support of black rights in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and Mr Biden offers concrete action in its favour.

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Karen Bass

Karen Bass is the “easiest pick” according to a Biden insider, who said she may not necessarily jump to the forefront of people’s minds when considering a potential VP pool for Mr Biden.

The representative for California and head of the Congressional Black Caucus has spent the last month angled sharply against Donald Trump.

The 66-year-old has ruled out a potential presidential run if she became VP next year, and she may fall out of favour if Mr Biden develops a preference for a younger running mate to compliment his 77 years of experience.

Tammy Duckworth

A Democratic sitting Senator for Illinois, the former US Army lieutenant colonel is a new target for Conservative media pundits.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson ranked her among Democrats he believed “actually hate America”, despite Purple Heart recipient Ms Duckworth having lost two legs in the Iraq War.

She has entertained the notion of removing statues of George Washington, something which developed with the recent surge of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

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