She won't say whether she's running for president, but Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBig Dem donors stick to sidelines as 2020 approaches Sanders thanks Iowa voters for giving momentum to progressive agenda Sanders: Trump setting 'terrible example' for our children MORE (D-Calif.) is ready to recruit one potential running mate: Ellen DeGeneres.

Asked during a Thursday appearance on "Ellen" who might be her vice president should she seek the Oval Office, Harris asked to DeGeneres with a laugh: "Got any plans?"

A grinning DeGeneres shook her head, saying, "I'm busy."


Harris, 53, ducked the question about whether she'll make a 2020 White House bid, telling DeGeneres she's focused on other issues, including health care, gun control and affordable housing. 

"These are the immediate needs," Harris continued. "I've seen so many people, Ellen, focus on that thing out there, and then trip over this thing, here. I don't want to trip. There's so much that's important right now."

Saying she loves "all the things [Harris] stands for," DeGeneres said she wanted to "vet" the lawmaker with a series of personal questions.

"If you had to be stuck in an elevator with either President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' MORE, [Vice President] Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceIn midst of political violence, America greatly needs unity O'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump, Obama head to swing states with Senate majority in balance MORE, or [U.S. Attorney General] Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBeto O'Rourke on impeachment: 'There is enough there to proceed' Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure MORE, who would it be?" DeGeneres asked.

"Does one of us have to come out alive?" Harris replied with a loud laugh.