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Biden to Name VP Vetting Team          04/04 10:56

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Joe Biden said Friday that he will announce a committee 
to oversee his vice presidential selection process and is already thinking 
about whom he'd choose to join his Cabinet.

   Biden, who holds a significant lead in delegates over Sen. Bernie Sanders in 
the Democratic presidential primary race but has yet to officially clinch the 
nomination, also said he's spoken to Sanders to let him know he'd be proceeding 
with the vice presidential vetting process. Biden, a former vice president 
himself, has previously committed to choosing a woman as his running mate.

   Calling Sanders a "friend," Biden said, "I don't want him to think I'm being 
presumptuous" by choosing a running mate. But he added that the vice 
presidential vetting process "takes time," so he has to begin this month.

   Biden's comments came in response to a question during a virtual fundraiser 
about whether he'd be willing to release his full proposed Cabinet at the same 
time he announces his vice presidential pick. Biden didn't answer the question 
directly, but did indicate that there are a number of people who have been 
helping his campaign with whom he's discussed whether they'd be "willing to 
come into a government if I get elected."

   He did, however, suggest he's been thinking deeply about the makeup of his 
potential Cabinet. There are a number of "younger, really qualified people" 
Biden said he believes could be future leaders of the party if given more 
prominent roles. He also suggested he'd prioritize diversity in choosing his 
Cabinet secretaries, and he wants the lineup to "look like the country."

   "Men, women, gay, straight, across the board, black, white, Asian, it really 
matters that it look like the country because everyone brings a slightly 
different perspective," he said.

   But in a hint of how deeply he's considered his options, Biden said: "If the 
Lord Almighty came down and said, 'You're president tomorrow. Write down in the 
next 15 minutes your Cabinet,' I think I could do it. "


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