Former Vice President Joe Biden may soon announce his vice presidential running mate for the 2020 election, but it won’t be Michelle Obama.
What’s the news:
- Valerie Jarrett, former White House senior adviser to President Barack Obama, told The Hill that there’s no chance the former first lady will be Biden’s vice presidential pick despite speculation to the contrary. Biden served under Michelle Obama’s husband, Barack Obama.
- Jarrett said: “The reason why I’m being so unequivocal is that there just simply has never been a time when she’s expressed an interest in running for office. She’s not demurring here. She’s not being hard to get. She doesn’t want the job.”
- Michelle Obama’s name “has recently been floated as a politically savvy vice presidential option,” The Hill reported.
What has Joe Biden said?
- That said, Biden told Pittsburgh’s KDKA that he would take Michelle Obama “in a heartbeat” for the vice president’s job, according to CBS. He said, “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”
- Biden committed to picking a woman as his running mate. Potential picks include Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., as well as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is also a Democrat.
What has Michelle Obama said?
- Michelle Obama has said she plans to reenter the political arena, sharing her “support for greater access to voting by mail, early in-person voting and online voter registration” through a campaign called When We All Vote, NPR reported.
- However, Susan Sher, who has known Obama for decades and served as her chief of staff. told NPR that Michelle Obama is going to focus on those important issues and stay away from the day-to-day politics.
- Sher said, “I think that at this moment she’s going to focus on When We All Vote. Particularly in light of the COVID-19 virus — and everyone saw those pictures of people in Wisconsin who were risking their own safety and health in order to vote — I think it’s even more important, and she appreciates how important it is to the actual election.”