“I am in the process and I’ve actually had this discussion with Bernie because he’s a friend — we’re competitors, he’s a friend,” the former vice president told donors during a virtual fundraiser on Friday.
Biden, who currently holds a sizable delegate lead over Sanders in the nomination fight, said he doesn’t want the Vermont senator to “think I’m being presumptuous.”
“But you have to start now deciding who you’re going to have background checks done on as vice presidential candidates and it takes time,” he added.
He reiterated again Friday that he believes “it’s critically important that the vice president be a woman, with the experience and background to do the job.”
Biden also said he’s considered how he would fill his Cabinet, stressing that the people he’d select will reflect the country’s diversity and the broad spectrum of the Democratic Party.
“There’s an enormous number of really qualified people, and one of the ways to deal with age is to build a bench … to build a bench of younger, really qualified people,” Biden said.
The former vice president said he’s already spoken with a handful of individuals about whether they’d be open to serving in a potential Biden administration, but has not offered anyone specific roles.
“If Lord Almighty came down and said you’re President tomorrow, write down in the next 15 minutes your Cabinet, I think I could do it,” Biden said.