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Biden Campaign Asks Vice Presidential Contenders for References

  • Veep possibles calling mentors around the country for help
  • Biden hopes to name running mate in July, before convention
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Michelle Lujan GrishamPhotographer: Steven St John/Bloomberg
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Joe Biden’s campaign is asking some potential vice presidential candidates to submit references, as the presumptive Democratic nominee’s team begins the formal vetting process, according to two people with knowledge of the process.

Some of the contenders, most of them senators or governors, have been asking other politicians, former bosses and mentors to vouch for them during the vetting process, which is just formally beginning.

At least one of the candidates who has been asked for references is New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, according to an individual with knowledge of the request.