July 28, 2020 / 10:53 PM / 13 days ago

Democrat Biden says he will name running mate in first week of August

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden smiles during an event to announce his plans to combat racial inequality in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., July 28, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told reporters on Tuesday he would name his running mate in the first week of August, days before he formally accepts his party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention.

Biden’s search for a vice presidential candidate has drawn intense scrutiny, in part because he would be the oldest president in U.S. history at 78 years old as of Inauguration Day.

Biden has vowed to select a woman to join his ticket ahead of November’s election against Republican President Donald Trump.

Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Sandra Maler

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