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Sun May 31, 2020, 07:28 AM

Cortez Masto bows out of consideration to be Biden's running mate, citing Nevada's economic crisis

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has withdrawn her name from consideration to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate.

Cortez Masto, in a statement Thursday, expressed her gratitude at being considered for the vice presidential position but said that her focus is on helping Nevada through the economic crisis amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Nevada’s senior senator was one of a few women believed to be on the short list for vice president, and her predecessor, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, had encouraged Biden to consider her for the post.

“It is an honor to be considered as a potential running mate but I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration,” Cortez Masto said. “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 back on their feet.”

Cortez Masto’s withdrawal from consideration for the position of vice president was first reported by the Associated Press.

Read more: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/cortez-masto-bows-out-of-consideration-to-be-bidens-running-mate-citing-nevadas-economic-crisis

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