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Biden Says He Is Open To Naming Republican as Running Mate

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Former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told New Hampshire voters Monday he would consider choosing a Republican as a running mate if he were to win the nomination, but he couldn’t “think of one now.”

The suggestion came after a woman told Biden he would “have to pull out all the stops” if he was nominated, CNN reported.

“Our 21-year-old son said the other night, ‘I wonder if Joe Biden would consider choosing a Republican as a running mate,’” she said.

“The answer is I would, but I can’t think of one now,” Biden replied.

“Let me explain that. You know, there’s some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here’s the problem right now,” he added. “They’ve got to step up.”

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Twitter users weighed in on the possibility, with some saying the former vice president was ignorant.

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The last person to consider a running mate from the opposite party was the late Sen. John McCain, who considered former Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman as his vice presidential pick before choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in 2008.

Biden has previously dropped hints about his running mate considerations, saying he would prefer to have some diversity on his ticket.

“Whomever I pick, preferably it will be someone who was of color and/or a different gender, but I’m not making that commitment until I know that the person I’m dealing with I can completely and thoroughly trust as authentic and on the same page [as me],” he told The Washington Post in August.

Following a campaign event in Ames, Iowa, on Dec. 4, Biden was asked by a reporter whether he’d consider California Sen. Kamala Harris as his pick for vice president if he wins the nomination.

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“Of course I would,” Biden told reporters. “Senator Harris has the capacity to be anything she wants to be. I mean it sincerely.”

Biden noted that he spoke to Harris the previous day after she dropped out of the race.

“She is solid. She can be president someday herself,” he said.

“She can be the vice president. She can go on to be a Supreme Court justice. She can be attorney general. She has enormous capability.”

Before Biden announced his candidacy, there were rumors that he would choose Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat who lost the state’s 2018 gubernatorial election, as his running mate.

According to a March BuzzFeed News article, two sources said that “the idea was brought up to attract high-level operatives and donors.”

“What makes it particularly exploitative is that Biden couldn’t be bothered to endorse Stacey in the gubernatorial primary,” an Abrams adviser said at the time. “Now he wants her to save his a–. That’s some serious entitlement.”

Biden is currently leading the pack of Democratic presidential contenders with 28.4 percent support nationwide, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
Books Written
Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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English, French
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Politics, Health, Entertainment, Faith