White House hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden (D) identified four women he could name as his pick for vice president if he wins the Democratic nomination.
At a town hall Friday night, Biden was asked about his pick, and he joked back to the questioner “You. Are you available?” USA Today reported.
Biden did not say any specific names, but he said multiple people are qualified, including “the former assistant attorney general who got fired,” referring to former Attorney General Sally Yates; “the woman who should have been the governor of Georgia,” referring to Stacey Abrams; and “the two senators from the state of New Hampshire,” referring to U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Maggie Hassan (D).
Yates was fired by President Trump in 2017 after refusing to to defend his administration’s travel ban. She was serving as the acting attorney general at the time.
Abrams, a former Georgia state lawmaker, came close to defeating Brian Kemp (R) for the Georgia governor’s seat in 2018. She said in a speech at the University of Iowa earlier this month that she would be “happy” to run as a vice presidential candidate.
Biden also discussed his time serving as former President Barack Obama’s vice president. He said the most important factor is picking a running mate who aligns with you “philosophically,” USA Today reported.
“We were philosophically in agreement and we strategically agreed on everything. We disagreed on tactics sometimes. And a vice president cannot be in a position even in a cabinet meeting where he or she is taking on the president,” Biden said.
“We’ve had arguments, we’ve shouted at each other in private, but we always completely trusted each other,” he added.