Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has formally been asked by former Vice President Joe Biden to undergo a formal vetting process as she is considered to be his running mate, CBS News reports.
The request for information is “underway” a senior Biden aide told the outlet.
Candidates undergo a multi-week review of their private and public life and turn over documents like tax returns, speeches, voting records, and potentially harmful details about their pasts.
Biden told Stephen Colbert on Thursday that “no one’s been vetted yet by the team” but said the preliminary stage is “coming to an end now.”
The “invasive” vetting process will soon begin, he said. "Amy's first rate, don't get me wrong."
Val Demings says she’s in the running:
Florida Rep. Val Demings has also formally begun interviewing with the campaign as part of their vetting process, a source told NBC News.
“We’re definitely on a list,” the source said.
Demings herself told Sirius XM that she was on the “shortlist.”
“If Vice President Biden asked me to serve along with him, I would be honored to do just that,” she said.
Jeanne Shaheen declines:
New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said she declined a request from Biden’s team to be vetted, citing her “commitment to New Hampshire,” according to WMUR.
Fellow New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan has agreed to participate, however.
“I'm flattered that Vice President Biden publicly mentioned my name as someone whom he would consider. I am not going to comment about his process, whatever that may be. My focus each and every day continues to be serving the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate,” Hassan said.