On Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden said that he would “love” for former first lady Michelle Obama to become his vice president.
While campaigning in Muscatine, Iowa, Biden was asked by a voter if he would think about appointing Barack Obama to the Supreme Court.
‘I sure would like Michelle to be the vice president’
“Yeah, I would, but I don’t think he’d do it,” Biden responded, referring to the former president. “He’d be a great Supreme Court justice.”
The voter shot back at Biden, “Second question is — which Obama?”
“Well I sure would like Michelle to be the vice president,” Biden replied.
Man: “Would you consider appointing Obama for the Supreme Court?”
Joe Biden: “Yeah, I would, but I don’t think he’d do it. He’d be a great Supreme Court Justice.”
Man: “Second question is – which Obama?”
Joe Biden: “I sure would like Michelle to be the Vice President.” pic.twitter.com/4OYIsEcNQn
— The Hill (@thehill) January 28, 2020
Not the First Time Biden Has Floated Michelle Obama’s Name as Potential VP
This was not the first time Biden has said he would like Michelle to be his VP. During an appearance on “The Late Show” in September 2019, host Stephen Colbert asked Biden if he had “asked Michelle Obama for advice.”
“Only to be my vice president,” Biden replied.
He then quickly added, “I’m only joking. Michelle, I’m joking.”
Michelle Obama has repeatedly said she does not intend to run for office nor does she have any interest in doing so.
Biden has mentioned other women as possible running mates. In November, he said former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates could be a good vice presidential pick. Biden has also mentioned former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.
Last month, Biden told Axios that senator and current 2020 Democratic competitor Elizabeth Warren is someone he could imagine in that role.
— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) January 27, 2020
During the event Tuesday, Biden also took shots at President Trump’s defense attorneys for his Senate impeachment trial. Trump’s team defended him against charges of abusing his power in relations with Ukraine on Monday, arguing that Obama had abused his own power in his relationship with Russia.
“They’re both incredibly qualified people. I mean and such decent, honorable people. I found it strange yesterday that in that Republican presentation, they talked about maybe Obama should have been impeached,” Biden added.
According to a RealClearPolitics polling average, Biden is currently in second place behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Iowa caucuses, which happen Monday.
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