NEW YORK — It started off with about a dozen women being considered, now it's down to a short list of three of four.
Former Vice President Biden is reportedly in the process of one-on-one interviews with the finalist for his old job should he win in November. The 77-year-old Biden has made it clear that the running mate he wants must be someone who could be president were something to happen to him.
Reports suggest the final three candidates are Senators Kamala Harris and Tammy Duckworth, as well as former National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
It's rare that a VP choice is seen as influential but Democratic consultant Tara Dow-Dell says these are different times.
"We're in a different environment. The running mate is significant. Joe Biden is older, that makes his running mate more important," she said.
Some believe picking a woman of color could be a boon to Democratic chances in November.
"The stakes are high and the party base wants to see candidates that have been overlooked, particularly women of color, have a shot this time," Dow-Dell added.