Mike Gravel says Sanders, Gabbard would be 'ideal' 2020 Dem ticket

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel said in an interview that aired Friday on Hill.TV's "Rising" that he thinks that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardDemocrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses Jack Dorsey maxes out donations to Tulsi Gabbard presidential bid Sanders praises Gen Z for being 'profoundly anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic' MORE (D-Hawaii) would make the ideal 2020 Democratic ticket. 

"In my mind, the ideal group would be either Bernie as president or Tulsi as president and Bernie as vice president," Gravel, who served as a senator and congressman from Alaska, told hosts Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti.

Gravel went on to praise Sanders's domestic agenda and Gabbard's military service, adding that Gabbard would be his ideal choice for the top of the ticket.  

"I think he's got a great domestic agenda. I thought, back then, he was a little weak on foreign policy. He himself has admitted that he was weak on foreign policy, and he's trying to bring himself up to speed," he said. 

"Tulsi Gabbard, in my mind, is the most ideal person to become president," he continued. "She's got six years experience on the Foreign Relations Committee, on the Armed Services Committee. She had the guts to take on Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaImmigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids More adult Twitter users follow Obama than Trump: survey Trump's no racist; he's an equal opportunity offender MORE over a military issue. She's been in the service, she's a major in the reserves, she's had two tours of duty in Iraq." (The House committee with jurisdiction over foreign policy matters is called the House Foreign Affairs Committee).

Sanders has consistently come in second to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Sanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE in polling among the Democratic field, while Gabbard has struggled to keep up with the rest of the Democratic pack.

Gravel, in the same interview, slammed Biden, calling him "ideologically off the rails."

Despite running for president himself, Gravel has said he does not intend to seriously seek the presidency, but hopes to make a policy statement on the debate stage.

"The goal of a Gravel 2020 campaign would not be to win, but instead to draw attention to the central issues that Sen. Gravel has focused on over the previous decades," a draft version of his campaign plan indicates, adding "the ultimate goal would be to gain media attention and then endorse either Rep. Gabbard or Sen. Bernie Sanders before the Iowa caucuses." 

— Julia Manchester