The presumed Democratic presidential candidate’s apparent promise comes after he previously vowed in February to nominate the nation’s first black woman to the highest court if the opportunity arises while in office.
Progressive activists have asked Biden to publish a list of candidates he would consider naming the Supreme Court, a tactic Trump memorably adopted in 2016 in an effort to shore up conservative support during his first White House bid.
After his court received two major defeats earlier this month, Trump said he would release a new list of potential candidates before Election Day.
Biden’s comments represent an acknowledgment that his campaign is conducting two consistent investigative processes simultaneously: one for a future black, female justice, and one for his vice presidential nominee.
Biden revealed in March that he would select a career partner, and national protests against racism and police brutality have increased pressure on his campaign to choose a woman of color.
Biden said Tuesday that there is a “number of women of color” on her list of vice presidential candidates, including Hispanic women and women of Asian descent, but that she “is not revealing the names of all” the candidates.
“We are on the way now at the vet difficult to get into the deep background checks that take six to eight weeks to do,” he said. “The committees have been formed, and that is underway.”
Biden also seemed to smooth out his schedule to announce his running mate, after telling supporters last month that he hoped to make a decision before August 1.
“Early August. I can’t guarantee August 1, but it will be in early August, several weeks before the convention, ”he said of the campaign schedule. The 2020 Democratic National Convention will take place from August 17-20 in Milwaukee.