MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/CBS News) — Minnesota Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been asked by Joe Biden to undergo a formal vetting to be considered as his vice presidential running mate, one of several potential contenders now being scrutinized by his aides ahead of a final decision, according to people familiar with the moves.
WCCO asked Klobuchar about potentially becoming Biden’s pick when we interviewed her earlier this week. She told us that we should ask our questions to his campaign, but that she knows he will pick a “great person” in the end.
The request for information from potential running mates like Klobuchar “is underway,” a senior Biden campaign aide tells CBS News.
If a potential contender consents, she should be poised to undergo a rigorous multi-week review of her public and private life and work by a hand-picked group of Biden confidantes, who will review tax returns, public speeches, voting records, past personal relationships and potentially scandalous details from her past.
While several are expected to consent to a vetting, at least one potential contender has bowed out. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, who is running for reelection this year, declined Biden’s invitation to be considered, according to a person familiar with her decision.
But Senator Maggie Hassan, the other New Hampshire senator, has agreed to be vetted, according to local news reports.