Despite presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden not planning to announce his running mate until next week, Politico inadvertently ran – and then quickly deleted – a story that reported Biden had chosen California Sen. Kamala Harris.
"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," Politico wrote about the potential Democratic ticket.
After deleting the story, Politico's Vice President of Marketing and Communication Brad Dayspring claimed it was merely "placeholder text" that was published accidentally. Placeholder text is written for every potential nominee enabling news corporations can quickly release a story once the choice is made public, however this specific text raised eyebrows given its specificity and inclusion of candidate quotations.
Speculation has swirled around Harris for weeks, indicating she may be the front-runner in a field that includes fellow Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Val Demings (D-FL). Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice is also being vetted.
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