Joe Biden Says He'd Pick Michelle Obama as Running Mate 'In a Heartbeat'
Democratic presidential candidate says he would choose former first lady
Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden has stated that he would pick former First Lady Michelle Obama "in a heartbeat" should she choose to run.
Speaking Monday during an interview with a CBS Pittsburgh affiliate, former Vice President Biden was asked if he would “commit” to picking a “woman of color” to run alongside him in the election.
“Where are you in naming that running mate and will you commit that that person would be a woman of color?” KDKA’s Jon Delano asked Biden.
“No,” the ex-VP told Delano.
“I’ll commit that it’d be a woman because it is very important that my administration look like the public, look like the nation.”
When asked if he would add Obama to the ticket, Biden responded saying: "I’d take her in a heartbeat."
“She’s brilliant," Biden gushed as he elaborated on his keenness for the ex-FLOTUS.
"She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman.
"The Obamas are great friends,” he added.
However, he said he doubts she wants the job.
“I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again,” Biden said, according to Breitbart.
In the same interview, Biden reiterated his pledge to select a woman as his running mate and said the vetting process is still ongoing.
“I’ll commit to that [it will] be a woman because it is very important that my administration look like the public, look like the nation,” he said.
“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 previously proposed the former first lady as his running mate, telling supporters at an Iowa campaign stop in January that he would “sure would like Michelle to be the vice president.”
During the same event, he also floated his former boss, President Barack Obama, as a possible Supreme Court Justice pick.
“Yeah, I would, but I don’t think he’d do it,” the Democrat said when asked if he would choose Obama to sit on the High Court.
“He’d be a great Supreme Court justice.”
Biden’s latest remarks come as his campaign is vetting several women as potential running mates, including former White House candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
Also under consideration are Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams (D).
In a recent interview with Elle, Abrams reaffirmed her interest in running with Biden, saying she would be “honored” to do so and “would be an excellent running mate.”
“I have the capacity to attract voters by motivating typically ignored communities,” said the Georgia Democrat.
"I have a strong history of executive and management experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
"I’ve spent 25 years in independent study of foreign policy."
“I am ready to help advance an agenda of restoring America’s place in the world,” she added.
"If I am selected, I am prepared and excited to serve."