Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has reiterated his desire to have former First Lady Michelle Obama as his running mate.
“Well I sure would like Michelle to be the vice president,” Biden said in response to a voter in Muscatine, Iowa Tuesday.
Biden is running against some 11 presidential aspirants to be selected as the flagbearer of the Democratic party in the November 2020 presidential election.
Running on the legacy of the eight years he served alongside President Barack Obama, Biden made no secret of his desire to have the former first lady as his vice president.
The pairing would be a first in American politics as there has never been a presidential ticket that included a former first lady in the vice president slot, according to New York Post.
Before Tuesday’s comments, Biden last September flirted with the idea of partnering Obama to defeat President Trump in this year’s election.
Appearing on “The Late Show” with host Stephen Colbert who asked him if he has “asked Michelle Obama for advice,” Biden responded: “Only to be my vice president.”
However, he added: “I’m only joking. Michelle, I’m joking.”
According to the Hill, Biden also floated other women as potential running mates as well, identifying in November, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Maggie Hassan (D).
Again during an interview with Axios, he said he would consider adding fellow presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to the list.
Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden and Joe Biden, his potential general election rival, are at the center of the President’s impeachment trial.
During his encounter with the voters on Tuesday, Biden used the platform to slam Trump’s defense attorney, suggesting before the Senate that Obama had abused his 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 polling in second place behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Iowa caucuses, which are coming up on Monday. Sanders garnered an average of 25 percent support compared to Biden’s 22 percent.