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Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoThe Memo: Activists press Biden on VP choice Demings says she's on Biden's VP short list The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin, Powell: Economy may need more boost; Trump defends malaria drug MORE (D-Nev.) announced Thursday that she has pulled out of consideration to be presumptive Democratic candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenLifting our voices — and votes Longtime Democratic pollster: Warren 'obvious solution' for Biden's VP pick Biden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report MORE’s vice president.
Cortez Masto said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that she backs Biden and will work to get him elected. But she said she will do so without joining him on the ticket, adding she will continue to support Nevada as it struggles with the economic aftermath of the pandemic.
“It is an honor to be considered as a potential running mate but I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration,” she said in a statement. “Nevada’s economy is one of the hardest hit by the current crisis and I will continue to focus on getting Nevadans the support they need to get on back on their feet.”
The first Latina to be elected to the U.S. Senate, she is one of more than 10 women who have been suggested as potential running mates for the former vice president.
Cortez Mastro was thought to be one of the highest profile Latinas on Biden’s list of potential running mates, which advocates say would help the former vice president win over Hispanics, according to the AP.
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