Biden would consider Republican for VP 'but I can't think of one right now'

Biden would consider Republican for VP 'but I can't think of one right now'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight 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. 

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"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 Devi HarrisIs Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus Politicians mourn the death of Bill Withers 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 YatesWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? Biden allies see Warren as potential running mate Sally Yates endorses Biden 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 ShaheenWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? McConnell sets Friday night deadline for bipartisan deal on stimulus American citizen released from Lebanese prison, returning to US MORE and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanDemocrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Mnuchin says Social Security recipients will automatically get coronavirus checks Lawmakers press IRS to get coronavirus checks to seniors MORE.