- The Washington Times
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Politico has apologized after publishing a report that erroneously announced presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden had chosen Sen. Kamala D. Harris as his running mate.

In the now-deleted article, published Tuesday, Politico curiously claimed that Mr. Biden’s decision was announced this upcoming Saturday.

“Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to the chest for months,” Politico wrote.

The outlet confirmed the report was published by mistake.

“For a brief period yesterday afternoon, placeholder text was mistakenly published to the site,” Brad Dayspring, Politico’s vice president of marketing and communications, told The Hill. “Our standard practice is to use ‘lorem ipsum’ as placeholder text. In this instance, that did not happen. We regret the error and any confusion that it caused.”

Mrs. Harris is among several women on Mr. Biden’s VP shortlist, including former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Karen Bass of California and Rep. Val Demings of Florida.

President Trump told reporters Wednesday that Mrs. Harris would be a “fine choice” for Mr. Biden after the former vice president was photographed holding a card that included Mrs. Harris’ name at the top with a series of talking points.

“I think she’d be a fine choice, Kamala Harris. She’d be a fine choice,” Mr. Trump said.

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