Buttigieg: Harris 'deserves to be under anybody's consideration' for vice president

Buttigieg: Harris 'deserves to be under anybody's consideration' for vice president
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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention MORE (D) said on Thursday that former fellow presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisCandidates on Biden's VP list were asked what they thought Trump would nickname them as part of process: report Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' Election security advocates see strong ally in Harris MORE (D-Calif.) deserves to be considered as a potential vice presidential pick. 

"I think she deserves to be under anybody's consideration. She's a formidable leader," Buttigieg told NBC News when asked whether he was considering Harris as a potential running mate.


"I have enormous respect for Senator Harris," he said. "I think that she brought a great deal to the race, and she'll continue to bring a great deal and her leadership to the country. I don't think it's appropriate for me to name — it's very premature before the Iowa caucus for me to name-check anybody for the future." 

Buttigieg is not the only presidential candidate to say Harris should be under consideration for vice president. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE said on Wednesday that he would consider Harris as a potential running mate. 

"Of course I would," Biden told reporters. "She is solid. She can be president someday herself. She can be the vice president. She can go on to be a Supreme Court justice. She can be an attorney general. She has enormous capability." 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenNew poll shows Markey with wide lead over Kennedy in Massachusetts Trump and allies grapple with how to target Harris Chris Wallace: Kamala Harris 'not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say' MORE (D-Mass.) also said she would consider Harris as a potential vice president. 

“Oh yeah. I mean look, Kamala Harris would be on any Democrat’s short list. She’s smart, she’s confident," Warren told MSNBC's Lawrence O'DonnellLawrence O'DonnellMSNBC producer pens scathing exit letter: Ratings model 'blocks diversity of thought and content' MSNBC political analyst Karine Jean-Pierre joins Biden campaign Wallace says Biden gave 'skillful' answer on advice to voters on Reade MORE

Harris dropped out of the crowded Democratic primary field earlier this week, citing financial difficulties in her campaign. 

The senator was viewed widely as a potential front-runner before she entered the race, with some drawing comparisons between her and former President Obama.