Joe Biden talked extensively about his running mate search with many friends, including former President Barack Obama, who served as “a sounding board” over the last three months.
A person close to the vice presidential search tells CNN that Biden and Obama spoke regularly about the choices before him and the political moment facing the country.
The former president “did not put his thumb on the scale for any particular candidate,” the person close to the process said, “but mostly provided high-level counsel and was a sounding board as the vice president made his decision.”
One of the reasons Obama selected Biden 12 years ago was that Biden had been tested on the national stage after twice running for president and being on the debate stage multiple times. It was that same quality that also contributed to Biden choosing Harris, given her experience as a presidential candidate in the 2020 primary.
A Biden friend said the former vice president took a deep look at nearly a dozen women in his search and Harris “always made sense to him.” It was a deliberate search, looking for a governing partner and a loyal teammate.
Throughout the process, Biden talked often about the bruising nature of a presidential race, particularly the general election campaign ahead with President Trump, and he believed experience was critical.
That contributed to Biden beginning – and ending – his search with Harris.