Kamala Harris will be Joe Biden’s vice president and will join him on the November ballot, Politico said in a report before quickly deleting it.
“We regret the error and any confusion that it caused,” the outlet told Fox News about the mishap.
The article was reportedly dated for August 1, confirming presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s own timeline for when he will reveal his choice.
“I’m going to have a choice in the first week in August and I promise I’ll let you know when I do,” Biden said on Tuesday via IJR.
Politico reported: “Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to the chest for months,” the Politico report said via Fox News.
Fox News adds:
Fox News confirmed the text was published by mistake — it has since been removed. The post was spotted by Mark Bednar, spokesperson House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and included a quote:
“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,” the report read.
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Politico also reported the decision to announce on August 1 comes two weeks before he is officially nominated.
“Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to the chest for months,” Politico wrote.
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) July 28, 2020
More evidence to suggest Biden will choose Harris—and that Politico’s reporting was just early, not inaccurate—comes from an Associated Press photographer who snapped a photo of Biden’s handwritten notes.
The notes had an entire section dedicated to “Kamala Harris” and a list of attributes.
“Do not hold grudges,” “Campaigned with me & Jill,” “Talented,” “Great help to campaign,” “Great respect for her,” the list read according to Fox News.
Check it out:
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., was the former vice president's rival when she was running her own campaign for president but has since emerged as a top contender for the vice presidency. https://t.co/E8CxLIgF6u
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 29, 2020
Harris is a known person on Biden’s shortlist of viable female vice-presidential candidates. This list includes Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Duckworth, Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, and Congresswomen Karen Bass and Val Demmings.