Democrat insiders have reportedly advised Joe Biden to beg Michelle Obama to be his vice president. At the moment Amy Klobuchar is understood to be the favourite but Mr Biden, who served as vice president under Michelle’s husband Barack, has hinted the previous first lady may be a viable option. Mr Biden mentioned Michelle Obama’s name on the campaign trail. When asked whom he would like to work with, he smiled and said: “I sure would like Michelle Obama to be the vice president.”
Michelle Obama was the top choice with 31 percent of respondents backing her
The New York Post noted the former first lady would give the Democrats a “surreal Biden-Obama ticket”.
Mr Biden, a former vice president himself, has committed to picking a woman as his running mate and told donors this week his team has discussed naming a choice well ahead of the Democratic convention in August.
The decision by Mr Biden, which is expected soon, will be the most important of his five-decade political career so far.
A poll last month by Stanford’s Hoover Institution asked 1,507 registered voters in California whom they wanted as a vice-presidential nominee.
Voters clearly expressed a desire for a woman.
And Michelle Obama was the top choice with 31 per cent of respondents backing her.
California’s Senator Kamala Harris was second, at 19 per cent; Minnesota’s Senator Amy Klobuchar was third, at 18 per cent; former Georgia state legislator Stacy Abrams was fourth, at 13 per cent; and California venture capitalist Tom Steyer had 10 per cent support.
Biden said he would pick the former first lady “in a heartbeat”
In response to a question from an Iowa voter in February, Mr Biden said he would pick the former first lady “in a heartbeat,” although he suggested that both Obamas had found life after the White House “somewhat liberating.”
He had previously supported the idea in an interview with Stephen Colbert, last September, before clarifying, “I’m only joking, Michelle, I’m joking.”
An insider told The Post that Michelle “hates politics” and would never consider the position.
Klobuchar, the Minnesota senator, is considered the frontrunner, with backing from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Other contenders for the running mate slot include Kamala Harris, Gretchen Whitmer and Tammy Duckworth, according to the newspaper.
Michelle Obama has previously ruled out returning to the White House.
The Obamas have been focusing on their foundation which was launched in 2014 and Michelle has also released an autobiography which speaking candidly of her time in Washington DC.