Joe Biden Says He’d Have Michelle Obama As Running Mate ‘In A Heartbeat’
Speculation about who Joe Biden will pick to be his running mate on the 2020 presidential ticket has been rampant in recent days. Now, the former vice president has revealed there’s one person he’d pick “in a heartbeat” if he had the option — Michelle Obama.
The current presumptive Democratic presidential nominee spoke with Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA about his upcoming run and the current status of the United States. Reporter Jon Delano asked if the former first lady would be in the running if she were to accept the nomination.
“I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden said. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”
Although Biden seemingly would love to have Obama as his running mate, it seems unlikely she would accept the nomination.
“I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again,” he continued.
The former vice president explained his campaign is still early in the process of selecting a running mate. He said they’re currently in the process of naming a committee to vet potential individuals.
There has been some speculation he would select a woman of color as his vice presidential candidate after he said that was his preference. Some people have suggested he may pick former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams.
Abrams said on Tuesday that she would be “honored” if she were asked by Biden to serve as his running mate, reports MSNBC.
She has previously said she believes she would make a good vice presidential nominee in 2020, as The Inquisitr previously reported, because she can reach a broader base of voters than other potential candidates. Abrams has praised Biden in the past and has expressed support for his run.
While Biden has hesitated in making any definite hints at who his running mate will be, he has committed to making his cabinet more diverse.
“I’ll commit to that be a woman because it is very important that my administration look like the public, look like the nation. And there will be, committed that there will be a woman of color on the Supreme Court, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a vice president, as well,” Biden said.
“I think it’s really important now that we establish once and for all, we should have had a woman president already, in Hilary (Clinton), in my view,” he went on. “There are a number of qualified women out there.”