Politico Reports Biden Chose Harris as Running Mate, Says It Was an Error

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in Maryland. He covers U.S. and world news.
July 29, 2020Updated: July 29, 2020

Politico on Tuesday reported that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden chose Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate, a report the news outlet said was published in error.

In a piece about Biden’s prospective vice presidential nominee, Politico said Biden “chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1.”

“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 outlet reported.

Biden has never used the quote that was included.

A Politico spokesman told The Epoch Times in an emailed statement: “Our standard practice is to use ‘lorem ipsum’ as placeholder text, which in this instance obviously did not happen. We regret the error and any confusion that it caused.”

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) before the second night of the second presidential Democratic candidates debate in Detroit, Mich., on July 31, 2019. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Politico did not address where the quote attributed to Biden was from.

In the updated article, there is an editor’s note that states: “An earlier version of this graphic mistakenly reported that Biden had made his VP selection. We regret the mistake.”

Mark Bednar, spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), appeared to first notice the article.

“Huh? Politico labeled Sen. Kamala Harris as Biden’s running mate… that he chose on August 1 (4 days from now),” he wrote on Twitter.

Biden campaign spokesman TJ Ducklo said in a social media statement about Politico’s report: “Folks, this is not real. As the vice president said earlier today, he looks forward to making his announcement in August.”

Biden told reporters in Delaware on Tuesday that he’s going to choose his running mate in the first week in August.

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The notes of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden reference Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), among other things as he speaks at a campaign event at the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del., on July 28, 2020. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

“I’m going to try to figure out how to trick you all so I can meet with them in person. You got crews outside my house,” he said.

Biden held notes that included references to Harris.

Under her name, the notes said: “Do not hold grudges,” “Campaigned with me & Jill,” “Talented,” “Great help to campaign,” and “Great respect for her.”

Besides Harris, others being considered include Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and former national security adviser Susan Rice.