Joe Biden said that he would not announce the names of any individuals who he would like to appoint to Cabinet positions, should voters choose him to be president, before the Nov. 3 election.
“Well, no,” Biden told reporters Friday, when asked if he would name potential picks before the election.
The former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee indicated, however, that the vetting process is underway for potential Cabinet members.
“We’re going through that now with the transition committee of the people from whom I choose. And there’s a lot of incredibly qualified people,” Biden said, according to a pool report. He added that he wants to make sure his Cabinet reflects the people of the United States.
But when it comes to announcing those individuals: “Before the election, no, I don’t think so,” Biden said.
Some commentators have urged Biden to take the unusual step of announcing who he would pick to be in his Cabinet before most people cast their votes.
Sean McElwee of the liberal polling and research firm Data for Progress told the Atlantic that it would be a “very savvy move” for Biden to announce his preferred picks ahead of time and “indicate broadly across the party that a Joe Biden administration will have something for everyone.”
Top Sanders adviser Jeff Weaver said that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign was seriously considering announcing a potential Cabinet before the election if he had won the Democratic presidential nomination.
Biden, who visited Minnesota on Friday, also predicted that “there’s going to be the largest turnout you’ve ever seen.”
“People are going to come out,” Biden told reporters. “Mark my words.”
“The important part of this is to make sure that people have an opportunity to vote safely and that their votes are counted,” Biden added.
Original Author: Emily Larsen
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