Biden Eyeing Aug. 1 as Date to Pick VP Candidate

Biden Eyeing Aug. 1 as Date to Pick VP Candidate

(CNN)Amy Klobuchar's chances of becoming Joe Biden's running mate, already weighed down by her record as a prosecutor in Minnesota's largest county, have taken a significant hit as widespread racial unrest roils her home state, Democrats say. "Joe Biden is a man of character and compassion who has always fought for the working and middle class".

At Wednesday's fundraiser, which he hosted with former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, Biden said his four-person review committee is about to "decide on the basic cut".

In 2016, Republican Donald Trump carried Texas by 9 percentage points in his successful campaign for the presidency.

Joe Biden will close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention next month that was moved online over fears of the coronavirus. The party also announced Thursday morning that Beto O'Rourke - the former Biden rival, U.S. Senate nominee and El Paso congressman - will speak on the convention's final day as well.

Other former presidential candidates scheduled to appear via video feed are U.S. Sens. "That means that they don't have to agree with me on everything, but they have to have the same basic approach to how we handle the economy and how we handle everything", Biden stated throughout the fundraising event, according to The Washington Post. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., along with former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams, and Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., are considered to be on his shortlist.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa and Vice Chair Carla Brailey touted Texas as a battleground state for the 2020 election in a statement Thursday.

John C. Moritz covers Texas government and politics for the USA Today Network in Austin.

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