Biden says he would pick Michelle Obama as running mate 'in a heartbeat'

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE said in a new interview that he would have no hesitation picking former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaTrump to counter DNC with travel to swing states Biden strikes out with Harris, the least-worst of his choices Biden, Harris to address Democratic convention from Chase Center in Delaware MORE to be his running mate, but added that he doubts she is interested in the position. 

“I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden told Pittsburgh’s KDKA on Monday when asked if he’d choose Obama if she said she would be willing to be on the ticket with him. 

“She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends,” Biden added. 

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Biden, however, said that he doesn’t think she is interested in the position. 

“I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again,” he said. 

Biden said he’s still in the process of deciding whom to pick. He again committed to choosing a woman but did not commit to choosing a woman of color. 

“I’ll commit to that [it will] be a woman because it is very important that my administration look like the public, look like the nation. And there will be, committed that there will be a woman of color on the Supreme Court, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a vice president, as well,” Biden said.

The former vice president, who served under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcGrath reshuffles campaign in home stretch to Senate election The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump hedges with Post Office funding | Harris speaks with 19th | An apology of sorts in Massachusetts Jared Kushner denies Trump 'promoting' questions about Kamala Harris MORE, has previously said that he would like Michelle Obama as his running mate. 

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At an Iowa campaign stop in January, he said he “sure would like Michelle to be the vice president.” 

Several names have been speculated as potential running mates for Biden, including some of his former primary opponents who have shown interest in the position. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy: Major oil companies oppose Trump admin's methane rollback | Union files unfair labor practice charge against EPA USPS inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes Former Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate MORE (D-Mass.) said last week in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowHere are top contenders to be Biden's VP Juan Williams: We must not become numb to Trump's abnormality Mary Trump claims she's heard Trump use racist, anti-Semitic slurs: He's 'virulently racist' MORE that she would say yes if Biden asked her to be vice president, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' USPS workers union endorses Biden, citing threat to postal service 'survival' MORE (D-Calif.) said last week she would be “honored” if she were being considered as Biden’s running mate. 

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has also said she would like to serve as vice president.

Abrams told Elle magazine last week she would make an “excellent” running mate for Biden.

Biden also confirmed earlier this month that he is considering Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) for the spot.