Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act: a bill long overdue MORE said he would consider picking a Republican as his running mate in 2020, but the top-tier Democratic presidential candidate stopped short of naming which members of the other party he’d weigh for the spot.
Biden made the comment while speaking to voters in New Hampshire on Monday, after a woman told the former vice president he’d “have to pull out all the stops” to beat Trump if he’s the nominee, adding that her 21-year-old son wondered if Biden would consider picking a Republican running mate, according to CNN.
"The answer is I would, but I can't think of one now," Biden replied. He was met with audible laughs from the crowd.
"No I'm serious, here's what I mean. Let me explain that," Biden said. "You know there's some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here's the problem right now ... they've got to step up."
He added that there's a "plethora of qualified people," including "a lot of qualified women" and "qualified African Americans."
Whoever he picks, would have to be "simpatico with me," Biden said.
"Who knew what my priorities were and knew what I wanted to do. We could disagree on tactic, but strategically we'd have to be on the exact same page," he added.
Biden said earlier this year that he would prefer a running mate who was “of color and/or a different gender.”
He’s also thrown out some names of Democrats he would mull over for the spot. Earlier this month he said “of course” he would consider Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet MORE (D-Calif.) for the spot, shortly after Harris dropped out of the primary race.
At a town hall in November he suggested four women he’d consider for the role, without naming them, saying "the former assistant attorney general who got fired," referring to former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesLawmakers call for investigation into alleged harassment, abuse in women's soccer Sally Yates to investigate sexual abuse in women's soccer league Sally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, 'Yeah, go Liz Cheney' MORE; "the woman who should have been the governor of Georgia," referring to Stacey Abrams; and "the two senators from the state of New Hampshire," referring to Democratic Sens. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenProgressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' MORE and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanPoll: New Hampshire Senate race tight Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races MORE.