Biden quips to Fox News he decided on VP, campaign says it's a joke

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Delaware on July 28, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden claimed to Fox News on Saturday that he has picked a running mate -- before following it up with a joke about who the choice was.

TJ Ducklo, the Biden campaign's national press secretary, later tweeted that the exchange was "clearly a joke."

When asked by Fox News in Delaware whether or not he had picked a VP, Biden said: "Yeh I have."

When Fox News asked who, Biden quipped "you" in response. It was unclear how serious Biden's initial response, made during a bike ride in a state park, was.

Speculation is rampant about who Biden may pick as his running mate, and an announcement is expected any day.

Biden confidants who spoke to Axios say the final two candidates are Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Susan Rice, who served as national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama's administration.

Last week, Biden told reporters that he would choose his party's vice presidential nominee by "the first week in August." But a source familiar with the process told Fox News on Monday that "an announcement isn't likely this week."

With the Aug. 17 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) nearing, a leading Biden adviser said the former vice president would use the next week or so to "spend some time" with the contenders on the shortlist.

Fox News' Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.