Previously, the alleged candidate had only stated that he hopes that the process of verifying his choice for the vice president will be carried out by July.
On Tuesday, Biden had told CNN’s Dana Bash in an exclusive in-person interview that while background checks are not yet underway, her presidential research committee interviewed “many” people under consideration.
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.”
“We are in the process of deciding on the basic cut, whether they really want it or not. Are they comfortable? They asked many questions,” he said, according to a report from the event’s reading pool.
While he has already announced that his running partner will be female, Biden will not undertake to choose a black woman, despite increasing pressure from outside groups to do so.
“There are black women under consideration, and they are women from all over the country – so many truly qualified women who are ready to become president,” he said Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Biden acknowledged the pressure and noted that “significantly more than a black woman” is being considered.
There are a number of women who are likely to be considered and have had regular contacts with Biden in the past few months, including Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer. California Senator Kamala Harris, former minority leader in the Georgia State House Stacey Abrams and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada are also potential contenders.