Joe Biden said today that he would announce his choice of running mate next week. Politico appears to have jumped the gun, explaining in an article why Biden chose Kamala Harris, a detail they quickly deleted and then updated.

Luckily, some people on Twitter caught the detail before it was changed.

Breck Dumas writes at The Blaze:

Politico publishes piece claiming Kamala Harris is Biden’s VP pick — quickly scrubs it

Politico made waves on social media Tuesday when they published — and promptly corrected — a biography of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) claiming Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had chosen her as his running mate days from now “on Aug. 1.”

A communications aide for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) posted the Politico blurb on Twitter writing, “Huh? Politico labeled Sen. Kamala Harris as Biden’s running mate…that he chose on August 1 (4 days from now).”

See below:

This is what it says:

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.

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 updated Politico piece now says:

Kamala Harris’ identity as a prosecutor is well-known and, after the 2020 Democratic primary, well-litigated. After serving as deputy district attorney in Alameda County, Calif., in the ‘90s, Harris joined the San Francisco DA’s office in 1998 and won the top job herself five years later. She was then elected and reelected attorney general of California in 2010 and 2014, before jumping to the Senate in 2016. Now 55, she has earned a reputation in the Senate for her intense grilling of Trump administration officials and nominees. She is also the only Black woman currently serving on the body.

Harris and Biden squared off in the presidential primary, but Harris never actually made it to 2020, dropping out of the race at the end of 2019. She endorsed Biden in March and has been actively campaigning and fundraising for him since.

It’s entirely possible that Politico has a bio like this pre-written for every potential Biden VP and they accidentally used the one for Harris. Even so, it’s likely that Harris will get chosen.

It’s still pretty funny.

As you may recall, Harris experienced a brief rise in the polls in the spring of 2019 after she went after Joe Biden during a debate:

It’s also worth noting that she said she believes Joe Biden’s accusers back in 2019 and that she owes her career to dating former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

 

 
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