She won't say whether she's running for president, but Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFive former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg Harris: Integrity of US justice system 'took a real blow' with Barr's actions Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina 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 TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE, [Vice President] Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence: Mueller report confirms 'no collusion, no obstruction' Melania Trump, Karen Pence say they're ready to serve four more years in White House The Turkish rupture could cause a fissure in NATO MORE, or [U.S. Attorney General] Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump: Some statements about him in Mueller report are 'total bulls---' Colbert hits Trump after Mueller report: Innocent people don't say 'I'm f---ed' The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? MORE, who would it be?" DeGeneres asked.

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