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

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE said in a new interview that he would have no hesitation picking former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama on conversations with her daughters: 'Me and Barack, we can't get a word in' Michelle Obama offers advice with release of young readers' edition of 'Becoming' memoir Michelle Obama says 'everyone was concerned' about potential violence at Biden inauguration 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 ObamaHere's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Pentagon issues report revealing ex-White House doctor 'belittled' subordinates, violated alcohol policies The Reagan era is over 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 WarrenHillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans Democrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda MORE (D-Mass.) said last week in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowJuan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP Tim Ryan: Prosecutors reviewing video of Capitol tours given by lawmakers before riot League of Conservation Voters adds racial justice issues to 2020 congressional scorecard MORE that she would say yes if Biden asked her to be vice president, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMichelle Obama says 'everyone was concerned' about potential violence at Biden inauguration Ella Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? 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.