Biden vows to appoint a teacher as Education chief, but not wife Jill

Biden vows to appoint a teacher as Education chief, but not wife Jill
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' MORE vowed to nominate a teacher to be his education secretary should he win the presidency in 2020, but declared he would not tap his wife, Jill Biden.

“First thing as president of the United States, not a joke, first thing I will do is make sure that the secretary of education, not Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosMueller investigation witness pleads guilty to child sex crime charges Proposed changes to Title IX will not solve the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses US officials say Erik Prince may have violated Venezuela sanctions: report MORE, is a teacher,” Biden said at a National Education Association forum in Houston for 2020 candidates, referring to the current Education secretary.


“So the press doesn’t get confused, I promise I’m not going to appoint my wife,” Biden added. "She'd be a good one."

Jill Biden, who wed the former vice president in 1977, is a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE (D-Mass.) said she would also tap a teacher to lead the Education Department, adding that “Betsy DeVos need not apply.”

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (D-Calif.) said she wants “someone from public schools,” assuring the event attendees that “you will be at the table to help me make that decision.”

DeVos has emerged as a top target for public education advocates who say that her support for private charter schools divert funds away from public schools.

On Friday, Biden was not asked about his position on school busing, which was thrust into the spotlight after last week’s primary debate. Harris hammered him for his past support for measures to limit federal power to use busing to help school integration in the 1970s when he was a senator representing Delaware.

“On this subject, it cannot be an intellectual debate among Democrats, we have to take it seriously, we have to act swiftly,” she said. 

Biden has defended himself over the attacks, saying Thursday, “My record stands for itself. I’ve never been accused of anybody by my state or when I’ve been running as not being an overwhelming supporter of civil rights and civil liberties.”