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Biden: I’d Pick Michelle Obama as VP ‘In a Heartbeat’

Is a return to the White House by the Obama family in the cards?

It can happen if former first lady Michelle Obama would accept a public invitation from former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

On Monday, Biden said Obama is among his list of potential vice presidential candidates, and the country would be better served if she joined his ticket.

“I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden said of the former first lady. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a wonderful woman. The Obamas are great friends.”

Neither Obama nor her husband, former President Barack Obama, have commented on Biden’s statements, which he first made on KDKA television in Pittsburgh.

Tempering any enthusiasm of a Biden-Obama ticket, Biden added, “I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again.” He concluded that it’s still too early to select a running mate.

During the most recent debate in Washington, D.C., in early March, Biden pledged to select a woman as his running mate. That promise sparked a national discussion about who would best serve as vice president. Among the names bandied about in the media have been California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“In terms of who to pick, we’re just beginning the process,” Biden told KDKA. “We’ll shortly name the committee to review this and begin to look through the backgrounds of the various potential nominees. And that’s just getting underway.

“I’ll commit to that 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.

“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,” Biden added. “There are a number of qualified women out there.”

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