Harris on if she'd serve as Biden's VP: 'I'd be honored to serve with Joe'

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWho will replace Harris in Senate? 'Rising' discusses Wisconsin formally declares Biden won election following recount Moderate Democrats: Everyone's older siblings MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday she would be “honored” to serve as former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Senate approves two energy regulators, completing panel Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race MORE’s running mate if asked, but said that her current focus is on addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC’s Craig Melvin played a clip of Biden recalling that former President Obama told him there wasn't "a single important issue" they disagreed on. Asked if Harris fit the same description, Biden replied, “I think so,” but said he had not spoken directly to Harris on the matter.

"I have been focused 100 percent on this pandemic," Harris said when asked if she had spoken recently with Biden.


“Obviously I would be honored if I were being considered, but I have to tell you right now my entire focus has been on what we need to do to get relief to Americans right now, because 22 million Americans as of today, just in the last few weeks, are unemployed. People are trying to figure out how to feed their babies and pay their rent,” she continued.

"I think what's most important is that we all join together, that we unify the party, that we unify the country and that we elect Joe Biden because Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE does not know how to do the job,” she added.

Pressed by Melvin on whether she would accept if Biden asks her to serve as his vice president, Harris responded, “Obviously I’d be honored to serve with Joe.”

Biden has pledged to name a woman as his running mate. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Warren, Brown voice support for controversial Biden budget office pick Biden's economic team gets mixed reviews from Senate Republicans MORE (D-Mass.), who like Harris is a former competitor who has since endorsed Biden’s bid, told MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowQuarantined Maddow shares story of partner who is fighting COVID-19: 'Don't get this thing' The tribal journalism of cable news is at a crossroads MSNBC's Joy Reid: Close presidential race shows 'great amount of racism and anti blackness' in US MORE on Wednesday night that she would accept if asked to serve as Biden’s running mate.

The former vice president has said he is working from a shortlist of six to 10 candidates, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), though has not released a full list. Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams also said Wednesday that she would make an “excellent” running mate.