‘The answer is, I would, but I can’t think of one now…’
(Liberty Headlines) Former Vice President Joe Biden entertained the idea of choosing a Republican as a 2020 running mate as he campaigned Monday—though he conceded he didn’t have anyone specific in mind.
Biden, the current primary front-runner previously announced a shortlist of running mates that included four far-left females: failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams; disgraced former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by President Donald Trump for insubordination after refusing to comply with his travel ban on terrorist-harboring countries; and the two leftist senators from New Hampshire.
But never one to let his past statements get in the way of his present reality, Biden jumped at the softball question lobbed during a rally in New Hampshire on Monday.
A voter told Biden that her son had wondered if the Democratic presidential contender would consider choosing a Republican as a running mate.
“The answer is, I would, but I can’t think of one now,” Biden said as the crowd laughed.
Biden went on to say there “are some really decent Republicans that are out there still,” before adding that “they’ve got to step up.”
At the start of Monday’s event, Biden reminded voters his goal is to unite the country.
“I refuse to accept the proposition that we’ll be in a state of perpetual war with Republicans, because you can’t govern the country if that’s the case,” Biden said. “We are a democracy, and our democracy depends upon consensus. We have to be able to pull the country together.”
Biden is sometimes asked about possible running mates by voters on the campaign trail. During his answer Monday he noted that it was presumptuous to talk about the idea at this point in the campaign—despite his having done so repeatedly of his own initiative.
If he becomes the Democratic nominee, Biden said, he’d want to pick someone “simpatico” with him and his priorities, telling voters there are “a lot of qualified women,” and “a lot of qualified African Americans.”
“There’s a plethora of really qualified people,” Biden said.