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Biden Won't Rule Out Having a Republican VP

'I would, but I can't think of one now'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2019 12:11 AM CST
Biden Says He's Open to Having a GOP Running Mate
Joe Biden addresses a gathering during a campaign stop in Exeter, NH, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – Joe Biden says he's open to sharing the Democratic ticket with a Republican if he's nominated, but there's one problem: He can't think of a suitable one. A woman at an event in New Hampshire on Monday told Biden that her 21-year-old son was wondering if he would consider a Republican running mate, CNN reports. "The answer is I would, but I can't think of one now," Biden said. "You know there's some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here's the problem right now ... they've got to step up."

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Biden has said he would prefer a running mate "of color and/or a different gender" and hasn't ruled out former rival Kamala Harris or current rival Elizabeth Warren. "Whoever I would pick for vice president, and there's a lot of qualified women, there's a lot of qualified African-Americans. There really truly are," he said Monday. "There's a plethora of really qualified people." There hasn't been a president and vice president from different parties since the Civil War, although John McCain wanted Democrat-turned-independent Joe Lieberman as his running mate in 2008, reports Reuters. Under pressure from his fellow Republicans, he chose Sarah Palin instead. (Read more Joe Biden 2020 stories.)

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