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Deputy Campaign Manager: Biden Looking For A "Partner In Progress," The Kind To Him That He Was To Obama


Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for Joe Biden, responds to questions surrounding Joe Biden's choice for Vice President. Bedingfield responded to the report that former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), who is on the vetting team, told a Biden donor that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) had "no remorse" for attacking the former VP on bussing.

MARTHA MACCALLUM, FOX NEWS ANCHOR:  Joining me now, a top adviser, Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield.
Kate, good to have you here. Thank you very much for joining us tonight. 
A lot --
MACCALLUM:  Thanks for being here. 
So, a lot of the articles that are coming out now, and even Susan Rice herself, seems to be sort of picturing herself fairly strongly. Is -- is there a momentum behind her? I don't expect to tell us who you're going to pick tonight, but is there strong momentum towards Susan Rice? 
BEDINGFIELD:  Well, look, I don't think anybody in the country has a better sense of what it takes to be vice president than Joe Biden. He’s looking for somebody in this process who can be the kind of partner to him that he was to Barack Obama.
And he's running a very robust process. There are a lot of women -- incredibly qualified women, including a lot of women of color who are part of this process. 
And, ultimately, he’ll make that decision and he’ll make that announcement. But, you know, at the end of the day, he's really looking for somebody to be a partner in progress to him and there are a lot of really qualified women who are in the running. 
MACCALLUM:  So, does it -- doest it help Susan Rice that he does know her, he’s worked closely with her? Because a lot of these women he doesn't really have a real relationship with, hasn't really known them, is just meeting them for the first time.
BEDINGFIELD:  Well, I think he actually knows quite a few of them. You know, a lot of these women he’s worked with in different capacities throughout his time in the office and on the campaign. So, I think he actually knows a number of them quite well. 
And, again, you know, he knows what he's looking for. He is looking for somebody that he can build that trust with --
BEDINGFIELD:  -- who is going to be a partner to him and all of the challenges. 
I mean, look, when -- you know, if he wins this election and takes office in January, he is going to have a tremendous amount in front of him. And he’s going to need a strong partner to help. 
MACCALLUM:  Sure. So --  
BEDINGFIELD:  So, he knows exactly what he's looking for in this process, and I’ll let him make any announcement about that (ph) -- 
MACCALLUM:  Yes, no, I’m sure that’s how it's going to be. I’m just trying to figure out a little bit here of what -- where this is -- is going. 
What about this? A Chris Dodd exchange that was reported in "Politico", that he is one of the people who is vetting some of these candidates, speaking with them, trying to get a feel for how they might work, reported that she had no remorse about the moment that we just showed -- Kamala Harris had no remorse about the moment over busing.
That she laughed and said, that’s politics, she had no remorse, Dodd told a long time Biden supporter and donor who relayed that exchange. 
Is her star falling in this process? 
BEDINGFIELD:  Look, I would say to that story, don't believe everything you read. You know, the vice president has said many, many times how highly he thinks of her, what an incredible advocate she’s been in the Senate. He’s talked a lot about the admiration that he has for her personally. She was friends with his son Beau. They worked together as they were attorneys general. 
So, you know, I would say that don't believe everything -- don’t believe everything that you read in "Politico." 
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