Leave it to Joe Biden to potentially pick arguably the most controversial governor in America right now to serve as his vice president.
Biden has pretty much wrapped up the Democratic presidential party nomination and is already looking to select his running mate.
And in what might one of the most mind-boggling moves he could make, Team Biden is speaking with Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to become his running mate, the New York Post reports.
“I’ve had a conversation with some folks. It was just an opening conversation and it’s not something that I would call a professional formalized vetting,” Whitmer said on Tuesday.
The Post report added:
A rising star in the Democratic Party who has garnered national headlines through her handling of the Wolverine State’s COVID-19 outbreak, Whitmer is considered one of several women on the shortlist to join Biden’s ticket.
Whitmer was quick, however, to downplay her angling for the job during the “Today” interview, with Michigan roiling from civil unrest over extensive coronavirus-related lockdowns.
“I am making a little bit of time to stay connected to the campaign, but the most important thing that I have to do right now is be the governor of my home state,” she said. “That’s all that matters to me in this moment.”
Whitmer has come under heavy fire in recent months At this point, it’s anyone’s guess who Biden will select to be his running mate. In recent months, several names have been tossed out there.
Earlier this week, former national security adviser Susan Rice — who served in the Obama administration — said she feels “humbled and honored” that Biden is considering her as a possible running mate.
Earlier this month, a New York Times opinion piece called on Biden to select Stacey Abrams.
Abrams is the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who still has not conceded the election from 2018 and claims she lost by more than 50,000 votes because of “voter suppression.”
During an online campaign event before that, Biden said he’s coming for California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris.
Biden said: “I’m so lucky to have you be a part of this partnership going forward. Working together, we can make a great deal of progress. … I’m coming for you, kid.”
Things have gotten so weird that Biden previously said he’d select former First Lady Michelle Obama to be his running mate.
“I’d take her in a heartbeat. She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends,” Biden said.
However, he said he doubts she wants the job.
“I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again,” Biden said.
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