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

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 said in a new interview that he would have no hesitation picking former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaAn immigrant to get the job done at Homeland Security Obama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Obama sold record-breaking 1.7 million copies of memoir in first week 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 ObamaCan Antony Blinken make American foreign policy great again? Biden's favorability rating rises while Trump's slips: Gallup Mullen: 'National security issues do not wait' for presidential transitions MORE, has previously said that he would like Michelle Obama as his running mate. 

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

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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 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.) said last week in an interview with 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 that she would say yes if Biden asked her to be vice president, and 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 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.