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Biden, Abrams reps pour cold water on running mate ‘rumors’

March 22, 2019
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FILE - In this March 12, 2019 photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the International Association of Firefighters at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington. As the former vice president inches closer toward a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political liabilities should he decide to join a Democratic primary already stocked with more than a dozen candidates. From his vote for the Iraq war to his key role in passing a bill that made bankruptcy harder to declare for debt-ridden Americans, Biden would have multiple fronts on which to reconcile his past with the future of a party that’s moved leftward even since he left former President Barack Obama’s administration. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Representatives for Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams say that rumors the former vice president planned to choose the onetime Georgia gubernatorial candidate as his 2020 running mate are “false” and that there was “no grand plan hatched.”

Biden spokesman Bill Russo tweeted Friday that the ex-vice president “has an enormous amount of respect for” Abrams, noting Biden endorsed her in the gubernatorial race. “But,” Russo tweeted, “these rumors about discussions on a pre-cooked ticket are false, plain and simple.”

Abrams’ spokeswoman Lauren Groh-Wargo responded by saying Abrams “enjoyed meeting” with Biden but “there was no grand plan hatched” and she was keeping her options for 2020 open.

Both Biden and Abrams are considering 2020 Democratic presidential runs, and Biden advisers had reportedly discussed options to mitigate concerns about his age.

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